President Obama gave a remarkably moving speech at the Tucson memorial service. He showed his keen intelligence as well as his compassion for the fallen and those affected by the terrible loss. His profound words gave comfort to many, and his speech was highly praised by those on both sides of the political aisle.
The U.S. is currently divided, with economic troubles, job loss, general uncertainty about the future of the nation, gun and violence issues, and vitriolic political metaphors. There is a need for the political parties to truly work together for the common good, and a stronger effort to agree to disagree without resorting to being disagreeable and incendiary.
Obama’s speech after the tragedy in Tucson reminded me of the Depression days, when President Franklin Roosevelt’s “fireside chats” restored hope to the American people. Everybody tuned into the radio to hear what the president planned to do for the country. FDR gave us hope when we needed hope.
Obama should speak more frequently to the American people, in the vein of FDR, explaining his plans and hopes for the American people. As then, we need hope and inspiration now.