The mainstream media, which has been seeking a way to redeem Obama's presidency, is portraying the speech as turning point in which Obama brought us all together, in contrast to Sarah Palin's allegedly divisive speech.
I don't see the speech having a lasting impact on Obama's presidency unlike George W. Bush's speech after 9/11. While Tucson was a tragedy by any account, it simply was not on the scale of 9/11, and therefore Obama's speech was not of equivalent importance to the nation.
While we ponder the impact of the speech, let's not forget the role Obama has played in coarsening the national dialogue, going back to the campaign. Rather than repeating what I have said before, here are some of my prior posts:
- January 4, 2011: Obama: Those Partisan Republican Hacks Should Stop Being Partisan
- October 10, 2010: Obama The Divider, Part 101010
- April 27, 2010: Politico: Yeah, Barack Got Enemy
- January 28, 2010: A Window Into His Divisive Soul
- September 6, 2009: Demonizer-In-Chief Upset People Demonize Him
- March 1, 2009: Barack Got Enemy
- October 15, 2008: Race as Political Weapon
That's fine. But it should not affect our policy goals one iota, or the vigor with which we seek to roll back some of the mistakes of the past two years.
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