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Michelle: Killings Show Need For Tolerance

From the White House blog – no kidding, they have one:

An Open Letter to Parents Following the Tragedy in Tucson

Posted by First Lady Michelle Obama on January 13, 2011

Dear parents,

Like so many Americans all across the country, Barack and I were shocked and heartbroken by the horrific act of violence committed in Arizona this past weekend.  Yesterday, we had the chance to attend a memorial service and meet with some of the families of those who lost their lives, and both of us were deeply moved by their strength and resilience in the face of such unspeakable tragedy.

As parents, an event like this hits home especially hard.  It makes our hearts ache for those who lost loved ones.  It makes us want to hug our own families a little tighter.  And it makes us think about what an event like this says about the world we live in – and the world in which our children will grow up.

In the days and weeks ahead, as we struggle with these issues ourselves, many of us will find that our children are struggling with them as well.  The questions my daughters have asked are the same ones that many of your children will have – and they don’t lend themselves to easy answers. 

What difficult questions?

But they will provide an opportunity for us as parents to teach some valuable lessons – about the character of our country, about the values we hold dear, and about finding hope at a time when it seems far away.

What lessons? That we need to institutionalize people who act crazy?

We can teach our children that here in America, we embrace each other, and support each other, in times of crisis.  And we can help them do that in their own small way – whether it’s by sending a letter, or saying a prayer, or just keeping the victims and their families in their thoughts.

We can teach them the value of tolerance – the practice of assuming the best, rather than the worst, about those around us.  We can teach them to give others the benefit of the doubt, particularly those with whom they disagree.

This is outrageous.

We can also teach our children about the tremendous sacrifices made by the men and women who serve our country and by their families.  We can explain to them that although we might not always agree with those who represent us, anyone who enters public life does so because they love their country and want to serve it.

Christina Green felt that call.  She was just nine years old when she lost her life.  But she was at that store that day because she was passionate about serving others.  She had just been elected to her school’s student council, and she wanted to meet her Congresswoman and learn more about politics and public life.

And that’s something else we can do for our children – we can tell them about Christina and about how much she wanted to give back.  We can tell them about John Roll, a judge with a reputation for fairness; about Dorothy Morris, a devoted wife to her husband, her high school sweetheart, to whom she’d been married for 55 years; about Phyllis Schneck, a great-grandmother who sewed aprons for church fundraisers; about Dorwan Stoddard, a retired construction worker who helped neighbors down on their luck; and about Gabe Zimmerman, who did community outreach for Congresswoman Giffords, working tirelessly to help folks who were struggling, and was engaged to be married next year.  We can tell them about the brave men and women who risked their lives that day to save others.  And we can work together to honor their legacy by following their example – by embracing our fellow citizens; by standing up for what we believe is right; and by doing our part, however we can, to serve our communities and our country.


Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama is the First Lady of the United States

Mr. Obama had better have a talk with his wife. And he had better disabuse his daughters, before they end up as woefully deluded as the Kennedy children about who killed their father and uncle.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, January 14th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “Michelle: Killings Show Need For Tolerance”

  1. Moose Breath says:

    Sounds like she’s not very proud of us right now. And we’d been doing so well lately.

    btw… I wonder if her daughters ever questioned any of Rev. Wright’s spirited commentaries. If so, what did she tell them?

  2. proreason says:

    Just what the doctor ordered. A nice lecture from Queen Thunderbutt.

  3. TerryAnne says:


    We’re supposed to believe she actually communicates with her children.

    I’m starting to feel sorry for them. That their parents obviously only have them to use as pawns in their game. “Lookit the loving family!” Who wants to bet that the kids’ handlers had to explain everything to them or, since they’re youngins in today’s America, they didn’t even bother to ask about what went on.

  4. Liberals Demise says:

    Michele Antoinette telling the peasants to eat her cake……that’s rich!!

  5. proreason says:

    Rush was commenting yesterday that CNN and Fox swapped roles in their reactions to the Moron’s speech at his pep rally to take advantage of the deaths of 6 people.

    Later in the day CK responded agressively when he could easily have said something like “sometimes conservatives disagree about these things, unlike liberals who punish dissent”.

    Two thoughts

    1. Ailes told his guys to cool it, Tuesday. O’Reilly didn’t and Hannity didn’t. But the second stringers did. Obviously, CK and the boys enjoy their plush incomes for talking 5 minutes a week.

    2. When CK and Rush are at each other’s throats, there is no way anybody can say that the vile tactics of the left have been anything but spectacularly successful.

  6. Right of the People says:

    She should stick to her vegetable gardening and leave the other stuff to the adults.

  7. Rusty Shackleford says:

    What I have come to think is this, with apologies to Sir Winston Churchill.

    “Never have so many known so little about so much.”

  8. wardmama4 says:

    We can teach them the value of tolerance – the practice of assuming the best, rather than the worst, about those around us. We can teach them to give others the benefit of the doubt, particularly those with whom they disagree.

    Not quite Michelle, I know that is what you want everyone to think it means but it actually means – tolerance is a fair, objective, and permissive attitude toward those whose beliefs or personal characteristics (race, religion, nationality, etc.), differ from one’s own.

    Where to begin?!? How about – YOU FIRST LIBERALS. You & your propaganda (and foaming at the mouth bat crazy) msm – are the ones coming out with hate speech directed toward the Right, the Tea Party & Sarah Palin almost immediately. Admonish them first – in public (not by a letter on your website) – Then maybe we can talk.

    Such narcissistic and sad people – that everything is about THEM.

  9. David says:

    Isn’t tolerance the very problem?
    If some one you know is acting very strange, violent, angry, and crazy?
    What should I do Michelle?
    “Tolerance, practice assuming the best rather than the worst about them. Especially if they disagree with you.”
    Seriously woman, a girl the age of your daughter is dead because people are too scared of being labeled intolerant to do anything about these crazies!

  10. tranquil.night says:

    Are they to be tolerant of that diabolically dumb Machiavellian Sarah Palin, Mooch-elle? You do remember that it’s because of her beliefs that the environment will be dead before your children are grown, right?

  11. Tater Salad says:

    Why do the liberals of America blame everyone in America for violence but “themselves”?


    …….and just another recent diatribe by a leftist:


    …..and then this: http://vimeo.com/18733744

    Here we have the profile of this leftwing whack-o who was “committed” for threatening the Tea Party:


  12. canary says:

    Loughlin’s ex-girlfriend that knew him for years said he only pretended to be crazy in the past, and that he had talked about doing something like this, and pretend he was crazy to get the mental ward instead prison.

    Maybe his parents were ready to kick him out.
    Loughlin’s father getting into a vehicle and chasing him to stop him from using his black bag of ammo only hours before he shot those people, implies his parents knew he was dangerous aside the fact they let their son live there and use their shed as devil worshiping alter.

    Some of the family member’s demeanor speaking to the media after it happened stunned me, especially over the 9 year old’s death. I think that was the greatest loss. Smack, after it happened the mother was so poised and calm, telling about her daughter.

    Worse, was the husband I saw speaking of his wife who was shot in the hospital. She was the lady that took the little 9 year old girl. He mostly gushed over his wives reaction to when Obama visited her, how she smiled, and waved her finger “come hither” gesture and they hugged.

    Politicians, media, certain jobs & professions get threats all the time. They won’t admit it. They get used to it.
    Now is a time of potential copycats, and there should be no tolerance towards this act.

    Michelle needs to echo Obama’s violent talk and say she knows whose A** needs to be kicked.
    Did Joe Biden say this is a big f***ing deal. Call the murderer a smart A**? It sickens me the way the Sheriff and the media are trying to blame Americans. At least the world knows what a tea party is.

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