Below is the text of the speech delivered in Bow, New Hampshire by the republican presidential candidate, Mr. Romney, as he cancelled his planned campaign event following the shooting and killing of some theater goers in Denver Colorado.
The democratic candidate Mr. Obama issued similar statement and also cancelled his campaign events. They wanted the country to come together to mourn the loss of 12 lives and the wounding of about 60 American theater goers.
There was no attempt to blame the president/government for not protecting Americans or for having a hand on the matter. There is no accusation that Mr. Romney who supports gun laws and is supported by the Gun Lobby somehow was responsible.
Mr. Romney said:
- "Ann and I join the President and First Lady and all Americans in offering our deepest condolences for those whose lives were shattered in a few moments, a few moments of evil in Colorado,"
The president’s role as the head of state and therefore Mourner-in-Chief was duly acknowledged and respected. The president in his own remarks said that today is for mourning and that politics would have to wait for another day.
This is how civilized people behave.
Compare this with what Mr. Yinka Odumakin would have said on behalf of Mr. Buhari give the speech that they have been giving after each blast at churches or mosques inNigeria. The finger pointing usually follows immediately, and fingers are pointed at the president. As for the victims and their families, they can eat bread.
I will be delighted to read from Mr. Yinka Odumakin, the presidential spokesman or from his sponsors like the very Reverend Tunde Bakare or Mr. Buhari himself on this manner of dealing with tragedies.
I join the rest of Americans in the mourning of the innocent lives lost at the hands of a terrorist. I once more join the innocent victims and their families for the lives lost at the hands of BH in parts of Nigeria as I hope that the opposition and government would someday learn that a nation needs, at some times, to come together as one, after some sad events.
Rather than seek some cheap political advantages.
Benjamin Obiajulu Aduba
July 21, 2012
Romney Offers Prayers Urges Unity After Colorado Shootings
July 20, 2012 3:32 PM
BOW, N.H, - Mitt Romney put politics aside for the day and urged Americans to "come together" after a Colorado man killed 12 and wounded dozens more when he opened fire at a midnight showing of the Batman movie "The Dark Night Rises."
"I stand before you today not as a man running for office but as a father and grandfather, a husband, an American," Romney said, reading from prepared remarks to subdued listeners who originally thought they'd be attending a campaign rally. "This is a time for each of us to look into our hearts and remember how much we love one another and how much we love and how much we care for our great country." After a week of attacks flying back and forth between them and their camps, Romney and Obama abruptly shifted gears Friday with speeches meant to bring the country together in a moment of mourning.
"Ann and I join the President and First Lady and all Americans in offering our deepest condolences for those whose lives were shattered in a few moments, a few moments of evil inColorado," Romney said.
Romney had been scheduled to hold a rally at a lumber wholesaler here. But after learning about the shooting from news reports Friday morning, his staff immediately began working on plans for a far more somber event that would not be focused on politics, according to an aide.
Campaign signs hitting Obama for an "upside down economy" were removed and the advance team was told not to play the usual playlist of music that welcomes audiences to every Romney event. Instead of scheduled speeches from local officials, including a state senator and sheriff, the campaign reached out to an Anglican priest from neighboringConcordand asked him to offer a prayer before Romney spoke.New Hampshire's Senator, Kelly Ayotte, who had been scheduled to introduce Romney, instead offered her own prayer for the victims, before solemnly turning the microphone over to her "friend, Mitt Romney."
Romney himself spoke for just under four minutes, at one point quoting scripture and offering a prayer that "the wounded will recover and that those who are grieving will know the nearness of God." He praised Americans for having "so much love and goodness" in their hearts, and said that the outpouring of support toward the victims and their families highlights a "greater power...in the goodness and compassion of a wounded community."
Following his remarks, Romney walked toward the exit of the venue and began shaking hands with the crowd as they filed out. It was a spur of the moment decision made by the governor himself, according to a campaign aide. Janice Moser, who came from upstateNew Hampshireto hear Romney speak, appreciated his tone and the gesture. "Being a mom, you know, it is an emotional time, knowing that my if kids just go to an entertainment event, you know, that things could happen," she told reporters following Romney's remarks. "So I just think it was very good that he did what he did. And you know, it shows he's a family man, which is great. I think this country needs someone like that."