Mr. President, You Can Have My Space Today

Did you watch last night’s memorial service at the University of Arizona in Tucson? Did you see Daniel Hernandez, Jr. – the 20-year-old intern who may have saved Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ life – humbly reject the title of ‘hero’? Did you catch President Barack Obama’s speech?

Here’s video of Obama’s speech, which clocked in at about 35 minutes. If you don’t have the time, read the transcript below. It’s worth your time:

To the families of those we’ve lost; to all who called them friends; to the students of this university, the public servants who are gathered here, the people of Tucson and the people of Arizona:  I have come here tonight as an American who, like all Americans, kneels to pray with you today and will stand by you tomorrow. 

There is nothing I can say that will fill the sudden hole torn in your hearts.  But know this:  The hopes of a nation are here tonight.  We mourn with you for the fallen.  We join you in your grief.  And we add our faith to yours that Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other living victims of this tragedy will pull through. 

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