Saturday, July 20, 2013


I'm sure you heard or have read it, so I won't go into detail on President Obama's talk yesterday, but it struck me as an extraordinary moment in his presidency; a moment when he exercised moral leadership in the Carter tradition. It was not a speech, really, it was a conversation, and there was not a single sour note. This is the man I hoped we would see throughout his time in office.

In particular, his challenge to the "stand your ground" laws was subtle, thoughtful, and beautifully done. It did not so much rebuke the law as it challenged us to think about the effect of such laws on the way we live.

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