Pres. Obama, former Pres. George W. Bush to speak Tuesday at Dallas memorial service

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George W. Bush, President Barack Obama

DALLAS, Texas —┬áPresident Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush on Tuesday will speak at an interfaith memorial service in Dallas for five police officers slain late last week.

The President will visit the Texas city at the request of Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement Sunday afternoon. On Sunday evening the White House announced that Bush would join his successor at the memorial service in Texas.

Vice President Joe Biden will also attend the service at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, as will former first lady Laura Bush.

Obama will also meet with families of the fallen officers. The president is cutting short a European trip to travel to Dallas, but he has spoken out on the shootings several times while abroad. While in Spain Sunday, the President condemned citizens who attack police officers, saying they are performing a “disservice to the cause” of criminal justice reform.

Obama made the remarks following a bilateral meeting with Spanish Interim Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy.

“Whenever those of us who are concerned about fairness in the criminal justice system attack police officers, you are doing a disservice to the cause,” Obama said at the Moncola Palace in Madrid.

Obama said that police and activists need to work together and “listen to each other” in order to mobilize real change in America.

The President added that in movements such as Black Lives Matter, there will always be people who make “stupid” or “over generalized” statements, but that a truthful and peaceful tone must be created on both sides for progress.

“I wish I was staying longer,” Obama said earlier Sunday prior to a meeting with King Felipe VI. ” I’m so grateful for the understanding not only of his majesty but the people of Spain. We’ve had a difficult week back in the United States so my trip is a little abbreviated.”

14 comments

      • Scott

        I agree that it contributes, but at some point the President has to take responsibility for his contributions to the hostile environment. Every time that he reactively makes accusations in the absence of facts, he contributes to the problem. We all are responsible for our words … as President, his responsibility is even greater to avoid carelessness.

  • Wilson

    After spouting off about the tradgedy in Dallas which he does not know all the facts about, now obummer is going to show up there at the memorial service. Guess what? The Police don’t want you to come as you have been quick to criticize Officer actions without knowing the facts which incites the animals to be more violent against Police. Stay away loser liberal democrat you are a jerkoff!!

  • Jim

    Is Obummer going to meet with George Soros also to discuss how many protesters he is paying like he did in Ferguson?

  • chris

    At least one of them will be sincere, loves and respects this country and won’t blame guns or the police. I’m sure we all know who that’ll be

  • Libsareliars

    Biden will probably ask somebody in s wheel chair to stand up and ask a question. Remember liberals think this guy is great. Morons!!!

  • Linda Irwin

    It’s wonderful to see Pres. Obama going to the memorial with former president G W Bush. Pres. Obama is a very magnanimous, sincere and caring President. Our family is going to miss him come November.

  • Scott

    I am all for criminal justice reform but I would focus on the actual problem: soft on crime bleeding heart judges. Hold them accountable for their bad decisions. Put their jobs at risk. Let them justify their decisions to the future victims of criminals returned to society. Let them be sued in civil court for damages. Stop putting police in situations that they are constantly on the offense because the judicial system is broken. Seems simple enough to me.

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