I am glad I wasn't the only one who felt a little queasy after the president's good speech at the 'memorial' ceremony. With all of the glowing praise how this was the perfect speech, the perfect tone...and mostly from conservative pundits, I was wondering to myself why I still felt uneasy about it.
Then I heard Byron York on Bill Bennett's Morning in America show and he expresses in such a clear, articulate, concise way of the same feelings I had [so much better than I could express]. I went to his article in the Washington Examiner "Rethinking Obama's Political Performance in Tucson".
The following paragraph in his article explains to me why I felt so uneasy about the president's speech. It is the main point of the article:
The point Obama wanted to make was not that political rhetoric caused the violence but that such rhetoric -- like, for example, criticism directed at Barack Obama -- should be toned down. So even as he conceded that rhetoric did not cause the violence, Obama argued that it should be muted anyway. And he cloaked his appeal in so much emotionalism, in so many tear-jerking references to the recently departed, that some in his audience might not have noticed he was making the political point he wanted to make all along.