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TUSCON SPEECH MAKES IT ALL SOUND POSSIBLE, UNTIL YOU WALK DOWN PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE’S MEMORY LANE
Everyone has weighed in and it’s pretty much unanimous: the President hit it out of the park last night. Glenn Beck said it was “probably the best speech he has ever given.” Pat Buchanan called it “splendid.” A U.S. News and World columnist called it “Reagan-esque.”
Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post said the speech “seemed not to come from a speechwriter’s pen, but from the heart.” Gail Collins joined a larger chorus who said the speech was transformation in his presidency adding, “Maybe President Obama was saving the magic for a time when we really needed it.”
As much as anyone, I want to believe. I want to believe there can be passionate and more civil political debate, one where there’s fighting and horse trading and deal-making and compromises and we all move the country forward. Yes, I want to believe the cynical political stand-off is over. We are all sick of it. Turns out, we’ve been sick of it for a very long time.
Obama is just the latest in a long line of presidents calling for a return to civility. Read the rest of this entry »