Thursday, January 13, 2011

A good speech

President Obama gave a good speech last night. I'm not one of these people who thinks that a speech by any politician "heals the nation's wounds," but the President spoke in a dignified and graceful way about the victims. He resisted the temptation to be political and made a few remarks calling out those who are pointing fingers and assigning blame and asked instead for humility in political debate. But he realized that the important part was to bring our focus back to the victims and the heroism of those who acted on the scene to stop the shooter. And it was a beautiful note to ask us to try to live up to Christina Taylor Green's expectations.

President Obama rose to the occasion and gave us again a glimpse of the man many thought they had seen when he first came upon the scene at the 2004 convention.