Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Well done, Mr. President

President Obama did a remarkable job tonight as he spoke at the memorial service for those killed in Tuscon this past Saturday. I think he struck just the right tone for such a difficult situation. If you didn't get to see it, here is the video:

If you'd like to read the prepared transcript of the speech, you may do so here.

He made several excellent remarks.  Here are a few of my favorites:

"But at a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized - at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who think differently than we do - it's important for us to pause for a moment and make sure that we are talking with each other in a way that heals, not a way that wounds."
"And if, as has been discussed in recent days, their deaths help usher in more civility in our public discourse, let's remember that it is not because a simple lack of civility caused this tragedy (he ad libbed: "It didn't."), but rather because only a more civil and honest public discourse can help us face up to our challenges as a nation, in a way that would make them proud."
"We may not be able to stop all evil in the world, but I know that how we treat one another is entirely up to us.  I believe that for all our imperfections, we are full of decency and goodness, and that the forces that divide us are not as strong as those that unite us."

"I want us to live up to her (Christina's) expectations.  I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it.  All of us - we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations."

Well said, Mr. President.  Well said.

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1 comment:

jaci said...

Well said, Deanna, well said.