Jan 12

Past Event

Obama’s Arizona Speech and How Presidents Address Tragedy: A Live Web Chat with Stephen Hess


President Obama will address mourners in Arizona in the wake of the shootings that left six dead and many one – including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords – wounded. In times of such tragedy, presidents are called upon to comfort, lead and draw the nation together.

On January 12, Senior Fellow Emeritus Stephen Hess, a veteran of the Eisenhower and Nixon administrations and former presidential speech writer, took your questions in a live web chat on what Obama might say, and the notes that other presidents have struck in at critical moments in history.

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Event Agenda


January 12, 2011

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM EST

The Brookings Institution

Online Only

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW


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