And [our predecessors] knew that when any government measure, no matter how carefully crafted or beneficial, is subject to scorn; when any efforts to help people in need are attacked as un-American; when facts and reason are thrown overboard and only timidity passes for wisdom, and we can no longer even engage in a civil conversation with each other over the things that truly matter – that at that point we don’t merely lose our capacity to solve big challenges. We lose something essential about ourselves.
-Barack Obama in his speech tonight before Congress.
I’ll have more tomorrow, but yes…this was a big, big, big speech. He put it all on the line and presented health care reform in such a way that he had Republican standing up and applauding 75% of the time. Truly impressive.
And yes, there will still be a lot of yelling.
And yes, the health care fight will still be tough.
But what Obama showed the country tonight very clearly is that he’s not a partisan warrior, nor a crypto-socialist. He is a serious, thoughtful man who genuinely believes that bipartisanship is achievable. That’s why I voted for him and he didn’t disappoint tonight.
Again, more tomorrow…
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