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Obama -- to Tucson tomorrow to speak at the memorial service there -- senior political analyst Brit Hume has some thoughts about what past presidents have said.
In times of national distress could even -- -- -- There are times.
-- the president of the United States is called on to be also the nation's -- Such moments can be major political opportunities.
But the less political the president -- the greater the opportunity when we're called Ronald Reagan's moving speech after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986.
Marie spoke of how the fallen astronauts and -- -- this early bonds -- To touch the face of god George W.
Bush ride a nation was his resolute speech at the national cathedral after the 9/11 attacks.
And Bill Clinton began a political comeback in the aftermath of the hideous Oklahoma City bombing of 1995.
What many remember about that were intimations by mr.
Clinton -- conservative talk radio helped create the atmosphere for the Oklahoma atrocity.
Such talk may have gained the president some traction with a liberal base tomorrow lies by the Republican sweep.
In the 1994 mid term elections.
But the comments kicked -- a nasty and divisive -- and did nothing to deter his conservative critics.
What started his political -- was his speech to a nationally televised prayer service in Oklahoma City.
Very stood shoulder to shoulder with the met with the State's Republican governor and told is symbol mores quote.
You have lost too much but you have not lost everything.
You have certainly not lost America for we will stand with you for as many tomorrows as it takes.
There was nothing political about that message but in political terms it was pure gold press.
You've seen President Obama deliver big speeches what do you think he faces tomorrow what do you think killed.
Well he's been quite restrained so far -- his reaction as he hasn't bought in any of the demonizing of -- Of them spokesman on the right -- -- -- that I would not expect him to engage in any of that in his remarks.
What I suspect he will do is -- comments he famously can be.
And and to be as eloquent as he also could be -- Mike my sense of that it is it will be a good loan for him.
And a good most of the nation historically he's not in the motor you know like president while -- -- a mode and a motor on the -- of Bill Clinton could be.
But the the president I think it's because eloquence and and whether the public come to appreciate -- expecting -- do it Brit thank.
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