Hickenlooper praises Obama's tragedy response

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

Out of tragedy comes rebuilding and unity: that was the inspirational thought Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper was hoping to instill to a packed crowd Wednesday night at the Democratic National Convention.

The governor painted a picture of a hands-on President Obama ins his dealings with Colorado after a devastating summer of wildfires and the tragedy in Aurora.

During his speech, he praised the country for coming together during challenging times for his state.

"As many of you know, we had a challenging summer in Colorado-- wildfires that devastated homes and businesses, took livelihoods and lives. Then a few weeks later terrible shootings in a darkened theater. So, on behalf of everyone in Colorado, let me start tonight by saying, thank you," said Hickenlooper.

He said devastating events can either bring us closer or draw us apart, and that legislators need to reach across the aisle to do what’s best for the country.

"These tragedies remind us to not waste time bickering. We have the power to come together and we need to do this as a nation. It will take a spirit of generosity and collaboration to meet the difficult challenges that we face. We recognize this in Colorado where we've been able to pass vital legislation with strong bi-partisan majorities," said Hickenlooper.

On a lighter note, the governor pointed out that he's the first governor since Sam Adams to start brewing beer and announced that craft beer production is up 35 percent, gaining cheers from people in the crowd holding signs that read "Craftbrewers 4 Obama."

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  • by szabla on Sep 6, 2012 at 11:06 AM
    It was the Democrats that created the environment for this and many more similar “fire” disasters.
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      by Kuddly Koala on Sep 6, 2012 at 11:12 AM in reply to szabla
      That's why we're so compassionate and ready to help. By creating the problem in the first place, we can blame the Rethuglicans and look good at the same time. You obviously don't understand politics. (And our friends in the media will do anything needed to make sure we look good.)
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        by Szabla on Sep 6, 2012 at 12:05 PM in reply to Kuddly Koala
        You said the same thing just long winded.
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          by Anonymous on Sep 6, 2012 at 07:40 PM in reply to Szabla
          Care to elaborate on environment created by Democrats that encourages tragedies?
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          by Disgusted on Sep 10, 2012 at 12:06 AM in reply to Szabla
          Reply to Anon: There is no need for anyone to elaborate. Just study the post Weimar republic period in world history.
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