As a new week in Washington is about to begin with a return to focusing on healthcare, jobs and deficits, President Obama took one last opportunity to offer uplifting words and to make clear that now is the time to “carry on” from last week’s tragedy in Arizona, but hopefully to do so with a new tone.
In his weekly video address, Obama was reflective and inspirational suggesting “we are one American family – 300 million strong.” He went on to state that “as shrill and discordant as our politics can be at times,” he was happy to see all members of Congress this past week speaking on the floor to honor Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. Obama concluded, “as business resumes, I look forward to working together . . . with members of Congress from both parties, because before we are Democrats or Republicans, we are Americans.”
The contrast between this video and that provided by Sarah Palin is noticeable. By filling his video with only positive words, Obama, like after his Arizona memorial speech, leaves critics hard-pressed to find anything to dislike. Interesting to wonder if Palin did decide to keep her video short and sweet, whether her critics too would have been willing to offer begrudging praise?
Watch the clip below from CNN:
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