Executive Consolation – Interactive

Executive Consolation – Interactive

Moments of national despair — assassinations, space shuttle accidents, terrorist attacks, natural disasters — have been the defining moments for many presidents, as they try to strike a precise balance of resolve and sympathy. Here are the words some of them have used as they tried to unite the country.

Videos include:

  • Barack Obama: Massacre at Fort Hood, Tex.
  • George W. Bush: Sept. 11
  • Bill Clinton: Oklahoma City bombings
  • Ronald Reagan: First Shuttle Disaster
  • Lyndon B. Johnson: After Kennedy Assassinations

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