Credit Where It’s Due: BO’s Speech in AZ

For the second time in his presidency, BO has said the right thing in the face of great division.  The first time was when he said that the criticism of his policies was not racist, and the second time, today, when he said that political rhetoric did not result in the horrible tragedy in Tucson. 

I didn’t see this part of his speech because I was too appalled by the entire spectacle to continue watching.  People are saying, accurately, that people have a right to grieve as they wish, but I’m not sure that anyone actually believes that whole circus wasn’t orchestrated by the WH–from the logo to the t-shirts to the screaming college kids, it had David Plough circa 2006-07 written all over it.  It was, to my mind, in exceedingly bad taste and quite horrific to watch.  So I turned it off.

Only later did I catch the last part of his speech on television, and I was actually quite pleased to hear it.  He was certainly clear about his thoughts on the topic of political discourse (well, okay, so they’re not backed up by his own political rhetoric to date, but we’ll see if that changes now), and what he said was spot on:

And so deserving of our good example.  If this tragedy prompts reflection and debate, as it should, let’s make sure it’s worthy of those we have lost.  Let’s make sure it’s not on the usual plane of politics and point scoring and pettiness that drifts away with the next news cycle.

The loss of these wonderful people should make every one of us strive to be better in our private lives – to be better friends and neighbors, co-workers and parents.  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, [ad lib: it did not], 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.  It should be because we want to live up to the example of public servants like John Roll and Gabby Giffords, who knew first and foremost that we are all Americans, and that we can question each other’s ideas without questioning each other’s love of country, and that our task, working together, is to constantly widen the circle of our concern so that we bequeath the American dream to future generations.

I believe we can be better.  Those who died here, those who saved lives here – they help me believe.  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. [insertion in original]

Note the ad lib insertion of “it did not.”  This struck me when he spoke, for he said it pointedly, “it did not.”  Not “it didn’t,” not the original text that didn’t include this.  Hopefully, the vicious smear-and-smut peddlars at the NYT and other leftie publications will hear this and understand it.

But I’m not holding my breath.  After all, BO’s statements about racism not being the cause of criticism against him had zero impact on the left.  Why would this be any different?

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14 thoughts on “Credit Where It’s Due: BO’s Speech in AZ

  1. I am watching it now as I was at illegal immigration meeting. It is odd that there is all this cheering that cannot be denied. I also read that they gave out tshirts as well.

    The speech isn't bad and I think hit a good note. I expected as much as oratory is one of things that helped get him elected.

    are you snowed in? We only got two inches.

  2. I've sen some folks already cynical about his speech, and while I don't blame them because we've been treated so shoddily since 2008, but I WANT to believe that the President is FOR ONCE trying to represent ALL Americans. I WANT to believe that he his sincere in his words this time, I mean, he's a dad, so it is possible that this event hurt him the way it hurt many of us and that he really does want to see something positive come out of such horror. I'm glad that he did defend the rest of us a bit from the opportunistic vultures like KOS, Kruger and Tingles, I hope he's sincere and that the admonishment wasn't just because polls show that most folks ain't buying what the left's been selling.
    I didn't watch it, the crowd frenzy was too nauseating, but I read his speech afterwards.

    OMG! Malkin is on Fox right now & she said that they BOOED Jan Brewer! WTF? Sick soulless bastards!

  3. I felt like Obama could have controlled the crowd a bit; maybe a hand gesture or something.
    I don't know why, but I was hoping for something better– Maybe something along the lines of a Memorial Service rather than a Pep Rally.
    Heard Jan Brewer was booed. Classy. What we've come to expect, I guess.
    First President I've ever witnessed unable to control the tone of a Memorial.
    This was nothing more than a campaign stop and completely disgusting, if you ask me.
    Sorry, but like I said, I truly was hoping for better, this time.

  4. I think you gave him too much credit for being sincere. He did exactly what he was telling us we should not do. Don't turn this into politics. But here have a t-shirt with a soon to be tested 2012 slogan.

  5. I actually thought it was a good speech. But, the question is will he take his own advice? Will his administration and the rest of the Lefties heed his speech and stop the hate and incivility?

    But, I am surprised that none of the speakers spoke up and told the disrespectful crowd (college students) to be quiet.

  6. @John, yes, I agree, it was the right thing to say, but it doesn't change who he is or what he believes.

    @QR, Yes, I've been reading with great interest the comments at Professor Jacobson's, and have to agree that it was political theater. I still don't understand why he, as Commander in Chief, didn't give such a speech after the Fort Hood terrorist attack. Not to belittle the lives lost here, but it seems that they are somehow more important (and not just to BO but to the media, including Fox) than those lost at Fort Hood.

    @MJ, He was trying to represent all Americans, and I think he did. The trouble is that we all know, from experience watching him for the past four years (counting the deceit-laden campaign) that he says one thing and does the absolute opposite. Besides, did you see the presser with Gibbs? Leftist hacks actually believe that BO was speaking to Sarah Palin about toning it down, not to them! Unreal.

    @Pedaling, he's the most ineffective president I've ever seen (including Jimmy Carter) when it comes to controlling the tone and tenor of anything. He comes off as petty and petulant (as with the meetings with the GOP about healthcare, “I won, John”), or as completely inept, as with that cheering crowd at the “memorial service.” And yes I can understand hoping for more, maybe that's why I liked the speech, I gave up hoping for the best with this man, so anytime he does anything remotely admirable, it's a complete shock to me. :p

    @Odie, believe me, I know just how you feel, I didn't watch a few of his several hundred speeches last year because I just can't stand him (I actually couldn't sit through this, either, but that was more the totally inappropriate circus/pep rally/campaign stop atmosphere).

    @Vineyard, hee, I didn't say he's sincere; I don't think he is. He's trying to set the tone (and a trap) for Republicans, we've seen this coming since November. Let's just hope they aren't so stupid as to fall for it and stop listening to the people.

    @Teresa, his deepest roots are in hatred and Alinsky (i.e. attacks, humiliation, ridicule, marginalizing), but he expects everyone else to “behave.” That's what he did all during 2009, remember? My door is always open (except he didn't return calls or take meetings with any of the numerous House and Senate members with R's after their names who tried for months to meet and/or speak with him), and I want to work with Republicans . . . who agree with everything I say and “vote for change.” He and the rest of the leftist hacks and attackers honestly don't see that what they hate hate about the right is what they actually are/say/do. It's really quite amazing if you think about it.

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