Thursday, January 13, 2011

Quote of the Day


"That's what I believe, in part because that's what a child like Christina Taylor Green believed. Imagine: here was a young girl who was just becoming aware of our democracy; just beginning to understand the obligations of citizenship; just starting to glimpse the fact that someday she too might play a part in shaping her nation's future. She had been elected to her student council; she saw public service as something exciting, something hopeful. She was off to meet her congresswoman, someone she was sure was good and important and might be a role model. She saw all this through the eyes of a child, undimmed by the cynicism or vitriol that we adults all too often just take for granted. I want us to live up to her expectations. I want our democracy to be as good as she imagined it. All of us -- we should do everything we can to make sure this country lives up to our children's expectations... I want America to be as good as she imagined it."

-- President Barack Obama

17 comments:

Web Dunce said...

It was at that quote that the tears came last night. Of all the wonderful things that were said during the memorial those were the words that struck me the deepest. Hopefully some people will actually take heed and act on them. We are so lucky to have Obama as our president.

Steven D Skelton said...

I credit the president for his leadership throughout this tragedy.

While a good number in his party followed Rahm's advice and set out to use the horror in Tucson for their own political gain, the president acted...like a president should.

He's sort of a socialist and I'm sort of a libertarian, so we don't agree on much. But that's alright. I still admire the man.

namron said...

Last night I was reminded again why I voted for this guy. Maybe we progressives should cease so much back-seat driving. He obvioulsy can handle the wheel. We might still carp about his route but not his destination.

Anonymous said...

A defining moment for his Presidency. Another turning point for Obama.

Last night restored a lot of the bad feelings I've been having for him the last year. My faith's been rewarded.

Marsupialus said...

Steven,

I've been reading your comments here for days and frankly you're sort of an idiot. Do we have a police department? Do we have a fire department? Do you get water in pipes brought to your home? There's your "socialism" at work.

Are you able to keep the air you breathe breathable? Are you able to keep your own food supply safe? Someone has to do it for us. These are "socialist" functions required of a central government. Just to name a few.

Libertarians, fools who want no government "interference" provided there's an infrastructure in place so they can go on with their petty lives.

Anonymous said...

A fantastic speech.

NJ said...

THAT was the guy who inspired.

I really hope he surrounds himself with some good governance folks these next two years.

The first group ran a good campaign....

Anonymous said...

Can anybody interpret wingnut? I have no idea what the Drudge headline about the speech even means. "President Chill Keeps His Cool?" WTF? Was this written before he actually gave and emotional, stirring speech, or is Drudge so removed from real humanaity that he can no longer recognize it when he sees it?

denesteak said...

He was really fantastic. I'm really cynical when it comes to our politics, but he really was great.

That first speaker was totally drunk or on something though. Peyote...

Steven D Skelton said...

Marsupialas

Name calling aside, I think you might have libertarian confused with anarchist.

Providing for basic infrastructure, common defense, police protection are all legitimate functions of government that all but the radical fringe of libertarian thought sees as necessary.

There is a whole lot of ground between complete anarchy and socialism. Furthermore, if had read more of my thoughts, you would know that I'm with Lawrence Odonnell in the belief that socialism isn't a bad word.

oh, and by the way...go fuck yourself.

Chez said...

Anon 2:45 -- it's not that he's that far removed from reality; it's that the way he wishes it had happened and needs for it to seem like it happened is more important than the reality of what really happened.

CNNfan said...

Oh, these poor politicians telling us all to believe they're so misfortuned.

The manager at B■nk of Am■rica says she has attorneys at law applying for positions as bank tellers because there are no jobs.

Can you imagine what it must feel like to finish college and law school to become a bank teller?

Mart said...

SDS

I thought your comment on Obama's speech was very genuine and sane, and did not merit a random attack on libertarians. I do have one minor quibble. I prefer to call Obama a Corporatist, not a Socialist. When a President fills his cabinet with big bankers and prints trillions for them, when he continues tax breaks for the wealthiest, plans to add 35M new customers and their tax dollars to private insurance companies, and signs a tax break for the middle class and poor that for the first time ever de-funds social security... that man is no socialist!

Kevin Davis said...

Jesus. People complain too much.

Why didn't Obama acknowledge the body thetans that were in play that helped save Gabrielle Giffords life?

Mary said...

I enjoyed listening to the President's speech. However instead of crediting Obama for the content of the speech we really should credit the person(s) who wrote it. Presidents have numerous speech writers on their staff, they do not write their own speeches.

Chez said...

He supposedly wrote the speech himself the night before.

Ref said...

Skelton:

On what planet do you live that you think a centrist servant of big business like Barack Obama is a socialist? That said, I thought it was a great speech. I'm still waiting for him to articulate some principles and lead on them.