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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.
- 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