01.13.11 1:30 AM ET
Barack Obama's Arizona Speech: Reactions and Commentary
The president's speech at a memorial service for the
shooting victims urged Americans to "
be better." Kirsten Powers, John Avlon, Lloyd Grove, and Eleanor Clift grade his address. Plus,
watch and read Obama's Arizona speech.
Sure, the president provided his usual inspiration, but he failed to shut down the ridiculous media meme that right-wing talk radio was responsible for the Arizona shootings. And how are ordinary Americans to blame?
The president spoke as the adult in the room to inject civility into his Arizona speech—and spoke frankly instead of making false promises to a grieving nation.
The president got an arena; Sarah Palin was stuck at home—and the comparisons of the two speeches Wednesday on the Arizona tragedy get worse from there. Lloyd Grove on the Obama-Palin disparity.