President Obama Speaks at Dallas Memorial
President Obama sought to console a grieving nation today as he spoke at a memorial service for the five police officers ambushed in Dallas.
Today’s service marked the 11th time President Obama has had to visit a community torn apart by tragedy during his administration.
Speaking to a packed arena located close to where the gunman opened fire, President Obama paid tribute to the fallen officers, calling them heroes and declaring that they were upholding the constitutional rights of the country.
President Obama spoke of the tireless work done by police officers and the legitimate grievances felt by African Americans from years of discrimination, including at the hands of law enforcement. “But, your work and the work of police officers across the country, is like no other. From the moment you put on that uniform, you have answered a call that, at any moment, even in the briefest interaction, may put your life in harm’s way.”
Also in attendance at today’s memorial were Vice President Joe Biden, former President George W. Bush, and mayors and governors from around the country.