In the speech the President eloquently and with sensitivity touched on both the recent shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile as well as the murders of the five officers he was there to eulogize. A Herculean balancing act in which he acknowledged the problems faced by the African-American community dealing with systematic racism and the struggle police officers face with the communities they are tasked with caring for.
It was a fine line he walked in empathizing with both in order to honor both.
He was at times the consoler in chief, a role he has had to play many times since he took office, as well as a realist by reflecting that his past words had sometimes been “inadequate.”
The address, while at times somber, was also heartening with Obama pointing out that Americans should honor the slain officers by opening their hearts to one another as he preached unity among the citizens of our nation…
“Dallas, I’m here to say we must reject such despair. I’m here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem.”
Watch the President honor the slain officers here…
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