Sunday, December 16, 2012

On the President's Sandy Hook Speech Tonight

Wow. Just watched the rerun of President Obama's speech at tonight's interfaith vigil. From climate to Afghanistan to Congressional negotiation to general attitude, I have my issues with this administration. But on the personal level, it's clear that Barack Obama is a deep, complex, reflective, and dare I say great man. And i's very different when I watch this speech as coming from the President of the United States, not from Barack the man. I am reminded of the limitations of the office, and then for the first time in a long time, I am blown away.

From the President of the United States: "Why are we here? What gives our life meaning? What gives our acts purpose?

"We know our time on this Earth is fleeting. We know that we will each have our share of pleasure and pain, that even after we chase after some earthly goal, whether it's wealth or power or fame or just simple comfort, we will, in some fashion, fall short of what we had hoped. We know that, no matter how good our intentions, we'll all stumble sometimes in some way.

"We'll make mistakes, we'll experience hardships and even when we're trying to do the right thing, we know that much of our time will be spent groping through the darkness, so often unable to discern God's heavenly plans.

"There's only one thing we can be sure of, and that is the love that we have for our children, for our families, for each other."

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