First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers go out to the families who have lost a loved one in Newtown and to those who have lost loved ones in the spate of recent shootings elsewhere.
Yesterday, President Obama lost face as a politician with an agenda and emerged as a heartfelt leader with possibly a purpose. But can he keep it up?
In the wake of the Newtown, Connecticut shooting, we are a heartsick country. When our most innocent are murdered by our most sick (and the picture is much more about mental illness than true evil), it’s time to realize that the measure of a civilization is not as Winston Churchill said just about how it treats those who have hurt it, but about about how it treats those who are hurting in it.
Yesterday President Obama took the stage not just as Commander in Chief, but Consoler in Chief… and that responsibility was not lost on him.
My read on how President Obama stopped being a politician and became a heartfelt leader is when in reading his prepared (by who knows who) comments about the tragedy in Newton, he realized that a huge portion of a politician’s identity is worrying about their own and their party’s future. Then it dawned on him from a deeply heartfelt part of him that these lovely, cheerful, full of life and a life in front of them children, would not have any future.