President Obama’s Tucson Speech

Jan 12, 2011 7:58am

Jake Tapper and Ann Compton report:

Per sources, the president worked throughout the night on the speech. Its goal will be to administer to those mourning, honor those impacted by the shootings – including the victims, the heroes, and all those grieving in Tucson and beyond. Another goal will be to lift the nation up in this moment, not sully it with politics, thus shrinking what this moment stands for.

Most recent guidance is the speech will run between 10-15 minutes.

Three branches of the federal government will travel with President Obama on Air Force One to Tucson today:  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who was Arizona’s governor,  Attorney General Eric Holder, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, and from the legislative branch Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., along with the Republican members of Arizona’s US House delegation: Reps. Paul Gosar, Jeff Flake, Trent Franks, Ben Quayle, and Dave Schweikert.

For more on the speech read our blog yesterday or Karen Travers’ story this morning on how Presidents have dealt with times of tragedy.

Watch our GMA report here:

-Jake Tapper and Ann Compton

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