The Day President Obama Cried


Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

Yesterday on television President Obama addressed his nation
on new measures to be taken concerning gun-control legislation

In his message when mention of many tragic shootings was made
A tribute to the innocent victims of those killings was also being paid

Then President Obama`s emotional temperature was high
and it made that American leader cry

His message, spoken with commendable determination
was watched by millions in admiration

For his was a powerful, inspiring Nonkilling voice
that made all peaceful-life-supporting global citizens rejoice

That was indeed a history-making day:
Its memory is dignifyingly here to stay

Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Hélder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author of 1984 Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights) and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, Associação Brasil América ( He can be reached at


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