Obama in Boston: “State of Grace” among his best orations
“Heal Our City” Service
Austin, Texas, April 18, 2013 — An emotional Barack Obama was at his best, once again, as the ‘Mourner-in-Chief’ at the Healing the City memorial service for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on Thursday.
The President spoke in short crisp paragraphs, using expertly composed declarative sentences, shifting frequently into imperative mood.
Two standard ‘easy-to-understand” English measurements both ranked among the highest ever scored by the President, similar to the Tuscon memorial service, and his Grant Park, ‘Yes, We Can’ victory speech.
The President’s words were dignified, stately, with many faith-related expressions, praising Boston as a world cultural center belonging to us all.
He singled out the three victims of the attack by name (Martin Richard, the eight-year old, with the now-iconic smile, Krystle Campbell, who would have turn 30 this week, Lu Lingzi, the Chinese graduate student) as representative of the indomitable spirit typical of the commonwealth, city and the Boston Marathon.
The President concluded his oration quoting St Paul in the second book of Timothy: “God has not given us the spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”
Obama ended with a solemn flourish praising the strength, resilience of the people, with the call to ‘finish the race’.
Paul JJ Payack