Point of interest

11th March 2011 at 00:00

Presidential praise

"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 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."

Barack Obama on the death of nine-year-old Christina Taylor Green, in the Arizona shootings.

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