Executive Speech 234: Speech On Washington D.C. Tragedy
President Cincinnati Eleden gave this speech on August 17, 2007 to the American public on primetime television.
"My fellow Americans, I come to you today with a heavy heart, the terrible events that unfolded in Washington D.C. today shocked us all. Any loss of life is tragic but that tragedy is compounded when the loss is so unnecessary. The right to peaceful assembly is one of our most sacred rights and one that differentiates our Republic from so many other nations. However, we are faced with a dilemma when events like this occur. Shall we allow this incident to cause us to crack down on our freedom of speech? Or shall we accept that sometimes liberty has a high price to pay. That is why today I am commissioning a task force that will be comprised of members of the ACLU and the Washington D.C. police to develop recommendations that can be implemented to lower the likelihood of another tragedy like this. Lastly, I am declaring tomorrow to be a day of mourning for those who lost their lives. The two protesters and one officer, who died, did so exercising their rights and protecting the people, respectively and the loss of these fellow citizens should not be forgotten."