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In Address to the Nation, Obama Calls for Civility from Mentally Disturbed

TUCSON, Arizona, 2011-01-12 — In a perfectly pitched address that soothed and comforted the Nation and will become the defining moment of his Presidency, President Obama offered condolences to the victims of the shootings by the attempted assassin of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and called on the mentally disturbed to be more civil in their discourse.

\"At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized, at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do,\" he said, \"it\'s important for the mentally disturbed to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds.\"

\"And,\" he warned the mentally disturbed, \"if you bring a knife to a fight, we\'ll bring a gun.\"

The President spoke after stopping to visit Ms. Giffords in her hospital room. He said he was told that shortly after his visit Ms. Giffords opened her eyes for the first time. This was witnessed by Nancy Pelosi, who would not lie.

\"Gabby opened her eyes!\" Mr. Obama announced. \"It was a miracle, my first!\"

Emma Dubin

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