Last night watching President Obama speak at the Newtown Memorial Service and to the nation, it gradually dawned on me that this was one of his greatest speeches ever. The President has never been better. Few would argue biographer's David Maraniss assessment that this was Obama's "Gettysburg Address".
Refusing to accept one outrageous massacre after another as commonplace, the President challenged America to do better....demanding that we do better.
"These tragedies must end," said Obama. He continued, "and to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and it is true. No single law, no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence in our society. But that can't be an excuse for inaction. Surely we can do better than this."
All through the speech I felt an overwhelming sense of gratefulness that he was our President and that the nation had the wisdom to re-elect him. The President will not make this change or take on the gun interests without us. He can not do it alone. If we ease up on demanding new gun regulations then the NRA will continue to be the Fourth Branch of government when it comes to hate and violence in America.
Count on me Mr. President.