Quote of the day

Out of unspeakable tragedy, he showed to the world a small panorama of civic goodness, and sought to ground the abstract aspirations of democratic society in the everyday activities of common citizenship. He asked that Americans take renewed devotion from those who, in going about their daily lives together one Saturday, gave devotion’s last, full measure.

President Obama’s words in Tucson last night – already rated among the best of his Presidency – looked to exemplify ordinary life, and to place its defence and celebration as the hallmark of democratic politics. He demanded that politics dignify itself in accepting such an elevated task. — Sean Coleman, 1/13/11

From Coleman’s post “Obama in Tuscon” on Normblog.

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