The President Takes the High Ground
January 13, 2011
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President Obama’s speech at the memorial for the Tucson shooting victims has received nearly universal praise by pundits from both the left and right. And deservedly so. Even Rich Lowry of The National Review stated that “President Obama turned in a magnificent performance. This was a non-accusatory, genuinely civil, case for civility, in stark contrast to what we’ve read and heard over the last few days.”
The President remembered the deceased and lauded the heroes. And challenged the nation to “do better.” The message was one filled with empathy, grief, and hope. The performance is a profound contrast to Sarah Palin‘s defensive, pathetic and crass “it’s all about me” rant of earlier in the day. Days like this remind me why I’m glad Mr. Obama is President and why Sarah Palin must never be.