BOSTON (CBS) — The focus of Tuesday’s ceremonies was on the victims, the survivors and the community. But as we’ve seen so many times before, our political leaders played an important role in this day of remembrance.
From the long-ago days of Franklin Roosevelt calming the nation’s fears during the depression with his fireside chats, right up to today, we do look to political leaders for communal reassurance at times of crisis.
When we aren’t scorning them, we love to laugh with – or, more often, at them. But after a national shock like the 1986 space shuttle Challenger disaster, politicians comforted with their eloquence. Or, as President Barack Obama did after the Boston Marathon bombings, helped bind us together.
During Tuesday’s tribute, we once again saw politicians striking resonant chords. We’ve cried for the Richard Family, but Mayor Walsh helped us share a badly-needed laugh with them.
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