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President Bush's Remarks At Virginia Tech Convocation

Governor, thank you. President Steger, thank you very much. Students, and faculty, and staff, and grieving family members, and members of this really extraordinary place.

Laura and I have come to Blacksburg today with hearts full of sorrow. This is a day of mourning for the Virginia Tech community - and it is a day of sadness for our entire nation. We've come to express our sympathy. In this time of anguish, I hope you know that people all over this country are thinking about you, and asking God to provide comfort for all who have been affected.

Yesterday began like any other day. Students woke up, and they grabbed their backpacks and they headed for class. And soon the day took a dark turn, with students and faculty barricading themselves in classrooms and dormitories - confused, terrified, and deeply worried. By the end of the morning, it was the worst day of violence on a college campus in American history - and for many of you here today, it was the worst day of your lives.

It's impossible to make sense of such violence and suffering. Those whose lives were taken did nothing to deserve their fate. They were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now they're gone - and they leave behind grieving families, and grieving classmates, and a grieving nation.

In such times as this, we look for sources of strength to sustain us. And in this moment of loss, you're finding these sources everywhere around you. These sources of strength are in this community, this college community. You have a compassionate and resilient community here at Virginia Tech. Even as yesterday's events were still unfolding, members of this community found each other; you came together in dorm rooms and dining halls and on blogs. One recent graduate wrote this: "I don't know most of you guys, but we're all Hokies, which means we're family. To all of you who are okay, I'm happy for that. For those of you who are in pain or have lost someone close to you, I'm sure you can call on any one of us and have help any time you need it."

These sources of strength are with your loved ones. For many of you, your first instinct was to call home and let your moms and dads know that you were okay. Others took on the terrible duty of calling the relatives of a classmate or a colleague who had been wounded or lost. I know many of you feel awfully far away from people you lean on and people you count on during difficult times. But as a dad, I can assure you, a parent's love is never far from their child's heart. And as you draw closer to your own families in the coming days, I ask you to reach out to those who ache for sons and daughters who will never come home.

These sources of strength are also in the faith that sustains so many of us. Across the town of Blacksburg and in towns all across America, houses of worship from every faith have opened their doors and have lifted you up in prayer. People who have never met you are praying for you; they're praying for your friends who have fallen and who are injured. There's a power in these prayers, real power. In times like this, we can find comfort in the grace and guidance of a loving God. As the Scriptures tell us, "Don't be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

And on this terrible day of mourning, it's hard to imagine that a time will come when life at Virginia Tech will return to normal. But such a day will come. And when it does, you will always remember the friends and teachers who were lost yesterday, and the time you shared with them, and the lives they hoped to lead. May God bless you. May God bless and keep the souls of the lost. And may His love touch all those who suffer and grieve.

Via The White House


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Comments (9)

Perino added: "Everyone's b... (Below threshold)

Perino added: "Everyone's been shaken to the core by this event and so I think what we need to do is focus on support of the victims and their families and then also allow the facts of the case to unfold before we talk any more about policies." -NewsMax

Class tells, and President ... (Below threshold)

Class tells, and President Bush showed the quiet dignity and compassion that is class.

Well done Mr. President.</p... (Below threshold)
metprof:

Well done Mr. President.

I would read those words ag... (Below threshold)
dr lava:

I would read those words again and be mindful that they are coming from the mouth of the man that is responsible for the catastrophe in Iraq that has cost the lives of 600,000 Iraqis. Over 250 college professors have been murdered, 41 students were killed on a campus in Bagdhad last month. There are the 2 VTechs a day in Bagdhad alone

So far this month 64 young American men have died. Last month 81. These deaths are no less senseless no less tragic but they are buried in the backs of newspapers ignored by Americans.

This is also a horrific tragedy.

dr lava:I... (Below threshold)

dr lava:

I would read those words again and be mindful that they are coming from the mouth of the man that is responsible for the catastrophe in Iraq that has cost the lives of 600,000 Iraqis.

Complete absolution of Al Qaeda's role in the deaths of Iraqis is the surest path to being labelled as suffering from BDS.

lava,since you are... (Below threshold)
Gianni:

lava,

since you are counting, and are so concerned about the lives, the lib media and its slanted reporting,

who exactly do we talk to about the 3500-4000 innocent babies that have been murdered in America in the last 24 hrs, and

what page is this info on in the NYT??

In his speech in Blacksburg... (Below threshold)
APAC=war:

In his speech in Blacksburg yesterday, Bush said, "It's impossible to make sense of such violence and suffering. Those whose lives were taken did nothing to deserve their fate. They were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time. Now they're gone, and they leave behind grieving families...and a grieving nation."

The irony is stunning.

I guess that proves it....,... (Below threshold)
dr lava:

I guess that proves it...., you folks don't give a FXXX about the 68 young men who were killed in Iraq this month who were maybe trying to eventually get to college.

Gianni you equate cells in a womans uterus with young men with families, real children, mothers, fathers, friends. You are one seriously sick individual.

In his speech in at Virgini... (Below threshold)
Ismail Ax:

In his speech in at Virginia tech Teusday April 17, Mister Bush said, "It's impossible to make sense of such violence and suffering. Those whose lives were taken did nothing to deserve their fate."


But HOW can anyone make sense of the killings of innocents in Iraq by those who serve under that heartless Dictator?


DEFEND THE WEEK AND DEFENSELESS BROTHERS AND SISTERS

LONG LIVE THE MUSIM REBELLION AGAINST THE BRATS AND THE SNOBS


Sincerely,


Ismail Ax




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