12:30 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

Past Event

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

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm EST

The Brookings Institution
Online Only

1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW
Washington, DC

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.

Read the transcript >>