It’s one of the most difficult challenges any president faces: to heal the country after tragedy strikes.
President Reagan did it after the Shuttle explosion. President Clinton, after the Oklahoma City bombing. And President Obama rose to the occasion last night in Tucson.
The crowd in Tucson and all Americans were hungry last night for consolation, resolution and inspiration – and President Obama delivered all three.
He mourned the loss of those who died and prayed for the survivors. He talked about the heroes of the day, not the killer. And he challenged us – not to forget our differences – but to debate our differences in a way that would make us all proud to be Americans.
It was one of the most powerful speeches I have ever heard from any president. It was like the Gettysburg Address in its lasting message. And it was just what Americans wanted, and needed to hear.
What a contrast with the self-serving, sickening video released yesterday morning by the drop-out governor of Alaska.
President Obama expressed the hope that some good will come out of this tragedy. If we have any luck, one good thing will be the end of Sarah Palin’s political career. She belongs to Fox News, not America.
That’s my parting shot for today.