As I posted yesterday, I thought Obama gave a good speech at the Tucson memorial. 

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:

Having used divisiveness to push through Obamacare and other expansions of government, Obama now wants everyone to come together and lower the volume. 

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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