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Former President George W. Bush has always had a way of emotionally connecting with those he is speaking to, and on Tuesday he was able to bring some healing to a city in desperate need of it.
Following the tragic deaths of five Dallas police officers, Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush offered their condolences to the families of those who lost loved ones during last week’s terrorist attack.
Former Pres. Bush at #Dallas memorial service: "These slain officer were the best among us...we are heartbroken." https://t.co/kWe2nRk9W9— ABC News (@ABC) July 12, 2016
“Most of us imagine we’d risk lives to protect love ones: Those in uniform assume that risk for the safety of strangers.”
Bush on America: "We have never been held together by blood or background. We are bound by things of the spirit." https://t.co/FX0q7PWRTN— ABC News (@ABC) July 12, 2016
The former president went on to talk about how these deaths are especially close to his heart:
Pres. Bush on fallen #Dallas officers: "They defended us even to the end...we will not forget what they did for us." https://t.co/sTcg3Ic4op— ABC News (@ABC) July 12, 2016
Here is the entire transcript from Bush’s speech:
“Thank you all. Thank you, Senator. I, too, am really pleased that President Obama and Mrs. Obama have come down to Dallas. I also want to welcome Vice President, Mrs. Biden, Mr. Mayor, Chief Brown, elected officials, members of the law enforcement community. Today, the nation grieves, but those of us who love Dallas and call it home have had five deaths in the family. Laura and I see members of law enforcement every day. We count them as our friends. And we know, like for every other American, that their courage is our protection and shield.
Thank you, President Bush, for displaying incredible leadership, and class in a time of constant unrest. Your words have brought healing in a time of deep pain. God bless America.