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Obama, Bush comfort grieving Dallas

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>> My faith tells me that they did not die in vain. I believe our sorrow can make us a better country.>> President Obama in Dallas calling on Americans to rise above race. At a memorial Tuesday honoring the five police officers whose killings shocked the nation.>> I'm here to insist that we are not as divided as we seem.
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Obama joined by former President George W Bush in tribute to the officers ambushed by lone gunman Michael Johnson at a peaceful protest last week against police violence.>> We know that the overwhelming majority of police officers do an incredibly hard and dangerous job fairly and professionally. They are deserving of our respect and not our scorn.
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>> But Obama not missing an opportunity to drive home his message on guns.>> We flood communities with so many guns that it is easier for a teenager to buy a Glock than get his hands on a computer, or even a book.>> Reporter Jeff Mason says for Obama the role of healer after gun violence has become all too routine.
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>> He's made other trips to communities that have also suffered mass shootings and gun violence, including Charleston, including New Town. And the White House says, the President would tell you if you ask him, he wished that he were not called upon so often to play the role of comforter in Chief.
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>> Thursday's bloody rampage shattering a peaceful protest in downtown Dallas, against the killing of black men by white police in Louisiana and Minnesota last week. The outrage mirrored since then in cities around the nation, amid desperate pleas for calm.>> I see people who have protested on behalf of criminal justice reform grieving alongside police officers, that's the America I know.
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>> Obama seeking a balance between lauding law enforcement and sympathy with charges of racial injustice that have invoked the civil rights era.