14 Jan

Obama on Christina: ‘I Want To Live Up To Her Expectations’

That’s what I believe, in part because that’s what a

child like Christina Taylor Green believed. Imagine:

here was a young girl who was just becoming aware

of our democracy; just beginning to understand the

obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the

fact that someday she too might play a part in

shaping her nation’s future. She had been elected to

her student council; she saw public service as

something exciting, something hopeful. She was off

to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure

was good and important and might be a role model.

She saw all this through the eyes of a child,

undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all

too often just take for granted.

I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our

democracy to be as good as she imagined it. All of us

— we should do everything we can to make sure this

country lives up to our children’s expectations.

Christina was given to us on September 11th, 2001,

one of 50 babies born that day to be pictured in a

book called “Faces of Hope.” On either side of her

photo in that book were simple wishes for a child’s

life. “I hope you help those in need,” read one. “I hope

you know all of the words to the National Anthem and

sing it with your hand over your heart. I hope you

jump in rain puddles.”

If there are rain puddles in heaven, Christina is

jumping in them today. And here on Earth, we place

our hands over our hearts, and commit ourselves as

Americans to forging a country that is forever worthy

of her gentle, happy spirit.

May God bless and keep those we’ve lost in restful

and eternal peace. May He love and watch over the

survivors. And may He bless the United States of


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John McGlinn

Enough said.

Donna Maloney.

Our President, what a caring and compassionate man.

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