Thursday Open Thread

Happy Thursday, everyone!

On my mind this morning: President Obama’s stirring, heartfelt, pitch-perfect speech at last night’s memorial service in Tucson.

He is a masterful speaker, of course, but he really rose to the occasion at the most delicate of moments.

Here is the excerpt that hit home with me:

“We recognize our own mortality, and we are reminded that in the fleeting time we have on this Earth, what matters is not wealth, or status, or power, or fame – but rather, how well we have loved – and what small part we have played in making the lives of other people better.”

And here is the passage that made me weep:

“That process of reflection, of making sure we align our values with our actions – that, I believe, is what a tragedy like this requires. For those who were harmed, those who were killed – they are part of our family, an American family 300 million strong. We may not have known them personally, but we surely see ourselves in them. In George and Dot, in Dorwan and Mavy, we sense the abiding love we have for our own husbands, our own wives, our own life partners. Phyllis – she’s our mom or grandma; Gabe our brother or son. In Judge Roll, we recognize not only a man who prized his family and doing his job well, but also a man who embodied America’s fidelity to the law. In Gabby, we see a reflection of our public spiritedness, that desire to participate in that sometimes frustrating, sometimes contentious, but always necessary and never-ending process to form a more perfect union.

And in Christina…in Christina we see all of our children. So curious, so trusting, so energetic and full of magic.

So deserving of our love.”

What did you think of the speech? What happens next? I am praying that this was a watershed moment in the ugly political atmosphere that we’re currently embroiled in. I am hoping that the silent, reasonable majority will finally sit up, take notice and see the difference between good and reasonable leaders, and those who are self-serving at best, and ignorant and vindictive at worst.

This is an open thread, so chat away!