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FLOTUS Michelle Obama On Tucson Shootings

FLOTUS Michelle Obama On Tucson Shootings

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The White House Blog: An Open Letter to ParentsFollowing the Tragedy in Tucson
Posted by First Lady Michelle Obama on January 13, 2011 at 06:07 PM EST Dear parents, Like so many Americans all across the country, Barack and I were shocked andheartbroken 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 thefamilies of those who lost their lives, and both of us were deeply moved by their strengthand 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. Andit makes us think about what an event like this says about the world we live in – and theworld in which our children will grow up. In the days and weeks ahead, as we struggle with these issues ourselves, many of uswill find that our children are struggling with them as well. The questions my daughtershave asked are the same ones that many of your children will have – and they don’t lendthemselves to easy answers. But they will provide an opportunity for us as parents toteach some valuable lessons – about the character of our country, about the values wehold dear, and about finding hope at a time when it seems far away.We can teach our children that here in America, we embrace each other, and supporteach 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 thanthe worst, about those around us. We can teach them to give others the benefit of thedoubt, particularly those with whom they disagree.We can also teach our children about the tremendous sacrifices made by the menand women who serve our country and by their families. We can explain to them thatalthough we might not always agree with those who represent us, anyone who enterspublic 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. Butshe was at that store that day because she was passionate about serving others. Shehad just been elected to her school’s student council, and she wanted to meet her 

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