The President spoke tonight at the memorial service of the Tuscon massacre victims at the University of Arizona. The pundits all pointed out, for the benefit of us ordinary folk, that Obama's speech was an opportunity to turn his presidency around. I listened and I liked what I heard. What the effect will be on his presidency only the pundits and history will determine. As far as I'm concerned he hit a home run in his plea for civility. The following quote from his speech should standout for all Americans - especially for our representatives in government.
“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.”
There is no better way to honor the victims of the Tuscon tragedy. These are words to heed as we write, as well as when we speak.