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Let's bring in our panel tonight would who will be with us throughout the evening senior writer for the weekly standard Stephen Hayes.
Fortune magazine columnist Nina Easton Daily Beast columnist curative powers that's Houston.
There's -- And syndicated columnist Charles -- These are tough to listen to and we've listened to them for a few days Charles.
This is the challenge the president has as he gets ready for this prayer service.
As we get ready to -- -- this.
Well in these situations you have the human tragedies of family tragedies.
Community treasury and then it's national because of the way.
The news and -- in its -- throughout the nation president's rose to try to crystallize and I'm very glad to hear.
From Ed -- this is not a time when we'll be speaking about politics.
I think there's something obscene about jumping in a time of great national grief.
And in some ways disorientation.
With a program.
Political action before they're dead or even entered so I think some decency requires be -- that at least.
Step back wage for the emotions to -- it's -- that you can do.
Analysis and try to think through what's behind -- What might have contributed but before people -- that agendas.
They ought to have a decent -- and -- the morning to take place.
This is really -- a console -- and chief role.
For President Obama because that community and just.
We we've just scratched the surface of some of these stories and I mean just seeing -- the pictures and he's parent -- Tonight.
I the child an elementary school all I got a call a few days ago it was a lock -- -- I'm ready to record -- -- -- just telling you it's trailer things fine a couple days later winter concert.
And afterwards the principal sent to all of us parents gathered these were -- pre -- pre cares kindergartners and first graders and she said.
I want to thank you for entrusting your children -- Two hours later I hear this news and I never -- does all of those words took on more meaning more horrific meaning and we could have imagined.
I do think that now.
The president is console aren't cheap -- in chief and at some point.
When you look at six year old bodies riddled with multiple bullets.
That we have to start looking for ways to take the word mass out of mass murder.
And I hope that he will move forward to do some sort of independent Comerica -- condition that has the kind of urgency that we had after 9/11.
There's this what an unbelievable.
Sense to this when you think about it you know Ed -- talking about -- was a roar there was Tucson and that this does have -- keeps happening.
But then in this situation it's it's different and it's so much worse because.
Of what we're seeing these pictures coming up of these innocent helpless children I have a six year old niece my brother as a teacher you know I -- you look at these.
Situations and it's just so horrifying.
And you wonder how people even recover from it and the president.
I mean I just I don't -- him to have to come before these people and try to make give them some sort of consolation.
To be able to move on from -- Steve is so much we don't know about this story there's so much we don't know we don't even know this shooters connection to the school we don't even know.
Connection and and she's one of the victims -- she's the 27 it.
Where there's so much we don't know.
Right and it's one of the reasons that so much of the discussion over the weekend and I think in some sense of politicizing of this already.
-- regrettable you know I think if you go back and interest to pick up on what the others have said if you look at the president's role in this.
Somebody doesn't agree with the president very often on policy I think one of the things the president has done well is.
Giving speeches and bringing people together in times precisely like this and I think I still think that the speech he games.
-- for the memorial for Gabby Giffords was the best speech of his presidency.
And it took some -- I think for the president in that instance.
Avoid the pressure.
To get political very quickly and I'm like Charles said I'm glad to hear that it sounds like he's not going to do that I think it's it's fine to have a commission's fine.
To look into this if if we didn't as a nation.
Ask tough questions after -- like this I don't think it would we would be much of a nation you have to have those discussions.
-- -- tonight though he does -- do what he's done in the past that played its role as counselor in chief and talked to people who are -- -- both in the community and in the nation and and you know I think it's telling that that we vote we're all telling personal stories about -- -- everybody you talk to has a story here connection war or some way to identify with this.
Every single person has done reacted that's what they're talking about as you look a lot.
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