Obama's remarks at Tucson memorial service 101 words

Remarks by President Obama at memorial service for victims of shooting in Tucson, Arizona, Jan. 12, 2011.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/01/12/remarks-president-barack-obama-memorial-service-victims-shooting-tucson

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  1. selflessness
    acting with less concern for yourself than for the success of the joint activity
    A retired construction worker, Dorwan spent his spare time fixing up the church along with his dog, Tux. His final act of selflessness was to dive on top of his wife, sacrificing his life for hers.
  2. spiritedness
    quality of being active or spirited or alive and vigorous
    And in Gabby -- in Gabby, we see a reflection of our public-spiritedness; that desire to participate in that sometimes frustrating, sometimes contentious, but always necessary and never-ending process to form a more perfect union.
  3. congresswoman
    a member of the United States House of Representatives
    Saturday morning, they went by the Safeway to hear what their congresswoman had to say.
  4. responder
    someone who responds
    And we are grateful for the doctors and nurses and first responders who worked wonders to heal those who’d been hurt.
  5. motor home
    a recreational vehicle equipped for camping out while traveling
    When they weren’t out on the road in their motor home, you could find them just up the road, helping folks in need at the Mountain Avenue Church of Christ.
  6. Tucson
    a city in southeastern Arizona ringed by mountain ranges; long known as a winter and health resort but the population shift from industrial states to the Sunbelt resulted in rapid growth late in the 20th century
    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.
  7. George H.W. Bush
    vice president under Reagan and 41st President of the United States (born in 1924)
    A graduate of this university and a graduate of this law school -- (applause) -- Judge Roll was recommended for the federal bench by John McCain 20 years ago -- (applause) -- appointed by President George H.W. Bush and rose to become Arizona’s chief federal judge.
  8. public servant
    someone who holds a government position (either by election or appointment)
    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.
  9. little league
    a commercially sponsored baseball league for players between 8 and 12 years of age
    She decided that she wanted to be the first woman to play in the Major Leagues, and as the only girl on her Little League team, no one put it past her.
  10. adequacy
    the quality of being able to meet a need satisfactorily: "he questioned the adequacy of the usual sentimental interpretation of the Golden Rule"
    Already we’ve seen a national conversation commence, not only about the motivations behind these killings, but about everything from the merits of gun safety laws to the adequacy of our mental health system.
  11. outreach
    the act of reaching out
    As Gabby’s outreach director, he made the cares of thousands of her constituents his own, seeing to it that seniors got the Medicare benefits that they had earned, that veterans got the medals and the care that they deserved, that government was working for ordinary folks.
  12. tragedy
    an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
    And we add our faith to yours that Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other living victims of this tragedy will pull through.
  13. American Dream
    the widespread aspiration of Americans to live better than their parents did
    We should be civil because we want to live up to the example of public servants like John Roll and Gabby Giffords, who knew first and foremost that we are all Americans, and that we can question each other’s ideas without questioning each other’s love of country and that our task, working together, is to constantly widen the circle of our concern so that we bequeath the American Dream to future generations.
  14. empathy
    understanding and entering into another's feelings
    Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let’s use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy and remind ourselves of all the ways that our hopes and dreams are bound together.
  15. undimmed
    not made dim or less bright
    She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.
  16. puddle
    a small body of standing water (rainwater) or other liquid
    "I hope you jump in rain puddles.”
  17. pettiness
    the quality of being unimportant and petty or frivolous
    Let’s make sure it’s not on the usual plane of politics and point-scoring and pettiness that drifts away in the next news cycle.
  18. make sure
    make a point of doing something; act purposefully and intentionally
    But 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 happen to think differently than we do -– it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.
  19. construction worker
    a worker skilled in building offices or dwellings etc.
    A retired construction worker, Dorwan spent his spare time fixing up the church along with his dog, Tux. His final act of selflessness was to dive on top of his wife, sacrificing his life for hers.
  20. gunman
    a person who shoots a gun (as regards their ability)
    And that quintessentially American scene, that was the scene that was shattered by a gunman’s bullets.
  21. role model
    someone worthy of imitation
    She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model.
  22. gymnast
    an athlete who is skilled in gymnastics
    Christina was an A student; she was a dancer; she was a gymnast; she was a swimmer.
  23. revolve around
    center upon
    But in the summer, she would return East, where her world revolved around her three children, her seven grandchildren and 2-year-old great-granddaughter.
  24. heroism
    the qualities of a hero or heroine; exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger (especially in battle)
    These men and women remind us that heroism is found not only on the fields of battle.
  25. root for
    take sides with; align oneself with; show strong sympathy for
    And she knows that we are rooting for her through what is undoubtedly going to be a difficult journey.
  26. look backward
    look towards one's back
    So sudden loss causes us to look backward -– but it also forces us to look forward; to reflect on the present and the future, on the manner in which we live our lives and nurture our relationships with those who are still with us.
  27. live up to
    meet the requirements or expectations of
    We should be civil because we want to live up to the example of public servants like John Roll and Gabby Giffords, who knew first and foremost that we are all Americans, and that we can question each other’s ideas without questioning each other’s love of country and that our task, working together, is to constantly widen the circle of our concern so that we bequeath the American Dream to future generations.
  28. vitriol
    abusive or venomous language used to express blame or censure or bitter deep-seated ill will
    She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.
  29. envisioned
    seen in the mind as a mental image
    They were fulfilling a central tenet of the democracy envisioned by our founders –- representatives of the people answering questions to their constituents, so as to carry their concerns back to our nation’s capital.
  30. envision
    imagine; conceive of; see in one's mind
    They were fulfilling a central tenet of the democracy envisioned by our founders –- representatives of the people answering questions to their constituents, so as to carry their concerns back to our nation’s capital.
  31. mental health
    the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment
    Already we’ve seen a national conversation commence, not only about the motivations behind these killings, but about everything from the merits of gun safety laws to the adequacy of our mental health system.
  32. pull through
    continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.)
    And we add our faith to yours that Representative Gabrielle Giffords and the other living victims of this tragedy will pull through.
  33. constituent
    an artifact that is one of the individual parts of which a composite entity is made up; especially a part that can be separated from or attached to a system
    On Saturday morning, Gabby, her staff and many of her constituents gathered outside a supermarket to exercise their right to peaceful assembly and free speech.
  34. major league
    the most important league in any sport (especially baseball)
    She decided that she wanted to be the first woman to play in the Major Leagues, and as the only girl on her Little League team, no one put it past her.
  35. national anthem
    a song formally adopted as the anthem for a nation
    “I hope you know all the words to the National Anthem and sing it with your hand over your heart."
  36. grateful
    feeling or showing gratitude
    We are grateful to Daniel Hernandez -- (applause) -- a volunteer in Gabby’s office.
  37. rooting
    the process of putting forth roots and beginning to grow
    And she knows that we are rooting for her through what is undoubtedly going to be a difficult journey.
  38. boyfriend
    a man who is the lover of a girl or young woman
    But after both were widowed they found their way back here, to, as one of Mavy’s daughters put it, “be boyfriend and girlfriend again.”
  39. drift away
    lose personal contact over time
    Let’s make sure it’s not on the usual plane of politics and point-scoring and pettiness that drifts away in the next news cycle.
  40. contentious
    inclined or showing an inclination to dispute or disagree, even to engage in law suits
    And in Gabby -- in Gabby, we see a reflection of our public-spiritedness; that desire to participate in that sometimes frustrating, sometimes contentious, but always necessary and never-ending process to form a more perfect union.
  41. Saturday
    the seventh and last day of the week; observed as the Sabbath by Jews and some Christians
    On Saturday morning, Gabby, her staff and many of her constituents gathered outside a supermarket to exercise their right to peaceful assembly and free speech.
  42. never-ending
    uninterrupted in time and indefinitely long continuing
    And in Gabby -- in Gabby, we see a reflection of our public-spiritedness; that desire to participate in that sometimes frustrating, sometimes contentious, but always necessary and never-ending process to form a more perfect union.
  43. align
    place in a line or arrange so as to be parallel or straight
    And that process -- that process of reflection, of making sure we align our values with our actions –- that, I believe, is what a tragedy like this requires.
  44. grandchild
    a child of your son or daughter
    John is survived by his loving wife, Maureen, his three sons and his five beautiful grandchildren.
  45. frustrating
    preventing realization or attainment of a desire
    And in Gabby -- in Gabby, we see a reflection of our public-spiritedness; that desire to participate in that sometimes frustrating, sometimes contentious, but always necessary and never-ending process to form a more perfect union.
  46. face up
    deal with (something unpleasant) head on
    And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their death helps usher in more civility in our public discourse, let us remember it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy -- it did not -- but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to the challenges of our nation in a way that would make them proud.
  47. update
    modernize or bring up to date
    Gabby called it “Congress on Your Corner” -– just an updated version of government of and by and for the people.
  48. courageously
    in a courageous manner
    I have just come from the University Medical Center, just a mile from here, where our friend Gabby courageously fights to recover even as we speak.
  49. civility
    the act of showing regard for others
    And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their death helps usher in more civility in our public discourse, let us remember it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy -- it did not -- but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to the challenges of our nation in a way that would make them proud.
  50. motivation
    the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior
    Already we’ve seen a national conversation commence, not only about the motivations behind these killings, but about everything from the merits of gun safety laws to the adequacy of our mental health system.
  51. break of day
    the first light of day
    God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
  52. deserving
    worthy of being treated in a particular way
    So deserving of our love.
  53. fiancee
    a woman who is engaged to be married
    And Gabe is survived by his parents, Ross and Emily, his brother, Ben, and his fiancée, Kelly, who he planned to marry next year.
  54. participate
    become a participant; be involved in
    And she’d pay those blessings back by participating in a charity that helped children who were less fortunate.
  55. gunfire
    the act of shooting a gun
    When gunfire rang out, George, a former Marine, instinctively tried to shield his wife.
  56. legal system
    a system for interpreting and enforcing the laws
    Judge John Roll served our legal system for nearly 40 years.
  57. nurture
    provide with nourishment
    So sudden loss causes us to look backward -– but it also forces us to look forward; to reflect on the present and the future, on the manner in which we live our lives and nurture our relationships with those who are still with us.
  58. holy place
    a sacred place of pilgrimage
    Scripture tells us: There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells.
  59. frustrate
    hinder or prevent (the efforts, plans, or desires) of
    And in Gabby -- in Gabby, we see a reflection of our public-spiritedness; that desire to participate in that sometimes frustrating, sometimes contentious, but always necessary and never-ending process to form a more perfect union.
  60. assigning
    the act of distributing something to designated places or persons
    Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let’s use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy and remind ourselves of all the ways that our hopes and dreams are bound together.
  61. reload
    load anew
    We are grateful to the men who tackled the gunman as he stopped to reload.
  62. survive
    continue in existence after (an adversity, etc.)
    John is survived by his loving wife, Maureen, his three sons and his five beautiful grandchildren.
  63. revolved
    turned in a circle around an axis
    But in the summer, she would return East, where her world revolved around her three children, her seven grandchildren and 2-year-old great-granddaughter.
  64. remind
    put in the mind of someone
    She’d remind her mother, “We are so blessed.
  65. medical center
    the part of a city where medical facilities are centered
    I have just come from the University Medical Center, just a mile from here, where our friend Gabby courageously fights to recover even as we speak.
  66. girlfriend
    a girl or young woman with whom a man is romantically involved
    But after both were widowed they found their way back here, to, as one of Mavy’s daughters put it, “be boyfriend and girlfriend again.”
  67. forging
    shaping metal by heating and hammering
    And here on this Earth -- here on this Earth, we place our hands over our hearts, and we commit ourselves as Americans to forging a country that is forever worthy of her gentle, happy spirit.
  68. spare time
    time that is free from duties or responsibilities
    A retired construction worker, Dorwan spent his spare time fixing up the church along with his dog, Tux. His final act of selflessness was to dive on top of his wife, sacrificing his life for hers.
  69. restful
    affording physical or mental rest
    May God bless and keep those we’ve lost in restful and eternal peace.
  70. Earth
    the 3rd planet from the sun; the planet we live on
    We recognize our own mortality, and we are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame -– but rather, how well we have loved -- (applause)-- and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.
  71. petite
    very small
    We are grateful for petite Patricia Maisch, who wrestled away the killer’s ammunition, and undoubtedly saved some lives.
  72. Arizona
    a state in southwestern United States; site of the Grand Canyon
    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.
  73. good example
    something to be imitated
    And so deserving of our good example.
  74. aftermath
    the consequences of an event (especially a catastrophic event)
    Bad things happen, and we have to guard against simple explanations in the aftermath.
  75. fix up
    make arrangements for
    A retired construction worker, Dorwan spent his spare time fixing up the church along with his dog, Tux. His final act of selflessness was to dive on top of his wife, sacrificing his life for hers.
  76. tonight
    during the night of the present day
    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.
  77. chaos
    the formless and disordered state of matter before the creation of the cosmos
    And, Daniel, I’m sorry, you may deny it, but we’ve decided you are a hero because -- (applause) -- you ran through the chaos to minister to your boss, and tended to her wounds and helped keep her alive.
  78. wrestle
    the act of engaging in close hand-to-hand combat
    We are grateful for petite Patricia Maisch, who wrestled away the killer’s ammunition, and undoubtedly saved some lives.
  79. fullness
    the condition of being filled to capacity
    Our hearts are broken -– and yet, our hearts also have reason for fullness.
  80. participating
    taking part in an activity
    And she’d pay those blessings back by participating in a charity that helped children who were less fortunate.
  81. usher in
    be a precursor of
    And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their death helps usher in more civility in our public discourse, let us remember it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy -- it did not -- but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to the challenges of our nation in a way that would make them proud.
  82. make sense
    be reasonable or logical or comprehensible
    You see, when a tragedy like this strikes, it is part of our nature to demand explanations –- to try and pose some order on the chaos and make sense out of that which seems senseless.
  83. scoring
    evaluation of performance by assigning a grade or score
    Let’s make sure it’s not on the usual plane of politics and point-scoring and pettiness that drifts away in the next news cycle.
  84. supermarket
    a large self-service grocery store selling groceries and dairy products and household goods
    On Saturday morning, Gabby, her staff and many of her constituents gathered outside a supermarket to exercise their right to peaceful assembly and free speech.
  85. logo
    a company emblem or device
    A gifted quilter, she’d often work under a favorite tree, or sometimes she'd sew aprons with the logos of the Jets and the Giants -- (laughter) -- to give out at the church where she volunteered.
  86. discourse
    an extended communication (often interactive) dealing with some particular topic
    But 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 happen to think differently than we do -– it’s important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we’re talking with each other in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.
  87. widowed
    single because of death of the spouse
    But after both were widowed they found their way back here, to, as one of Mavy’s daughters put it, “be boyfriend and girlfriend again.”
  88. cynicism
    a cynical feeling of distrust
    She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.
  89. take for granted
    take to be the case or to be true; accept without verification or proof
    She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted.
  90. once in a while
    now and then or here and there
    Did we tell a spouse just how desperately we loved them, not just once in a while but every single day?
  91. democracy
    the political orientation of those who favor government by the people or by their elected representatives
    They were fulfilling a central tenet of the democracy envisioned by our founders –- representatives of the people answering questions to their constituents, so as to carry their concerns back to our nation’s capital.
  92. hand over
    to surrender someone or something to another
    “I hope you know all the words to the National Anthem and sing it with your hand over your heart."
  93. challenge
    a call to engage in a contest or fight
    Their actions, their selflessness poses a challenge to each of us.
  94. imagine
    expect, believe, or suppose
    Imagine -- imagine for a moment, here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact that some day she, too, might play a part in shaping her nation’s future.
  95. revolve
    turn on or around an axis or a center
    But in the summer, she would return East, where her world revolved around her three children, her seven grandchildren and 2-year-old great-granddaughter.
  96. anthem
    a song of devotion or loyalty (as to a nation or school)
    “I hope you know all the words to the National Anthem and sing it with your hand over your heart."
  97. help
    give help or assistance; be of service
    God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day.
  98. deserve
    be worthy or deserving
    As Gabby’s outreach director, he made the cares of thousands of her constituents his own, seeing to it that seniors got the Medicare benefits that they had earned, that veterans got the medals and the care that they deserved, that government was working for ordinary folks.
  99. Medicare
    health care for the aged; a federally administered system of health insurance available to persons aged 65 and over
    As Gabby’s outreach director, he made the cares of thousands of her constituents his own, seeing to it that seniors got the Medicare benefits that they had earned, that veterans got the medals and the care that they deserved, that government was working for ordinary folks.
  100. self-government
    government of a political unit by its own people
    And much of this process, of debating what might be done to prevent such tragedies in the future, is an essential ingredient in our exercise of self-government.
  101. United States of America
    North American republic containing 50 states - 48 conterminous states in North America plus Alaska in northwest North America and the Hawaiian Islands in the Pacific Ocean; achieved independence in 1776
    And may He bless the United States of America.