08 June 2010

Ushering In Civility

Remember how President Obama was going to return civility to politics? Remember what a refreshing change he was going to be after eight years of Bush's "cowboy mentality"?

President Obama was embracing civil discourse a year ago at Notre Dame.
Obama, delivering the commencement address at the University of Notre Dame, stressed the need for intelligent, open discourse instead of angry, destructive bickering.

"When we open our hearts and our minds to those who may not think like we do or believe what we do," he said, "that's when we discover at least the possibility of common ground."

President Obama, May of 2009
Now, however, he is looking to pay a visit to the Gulf to chew bubble-gum and kick some ass; and he's all out of bubble-gum.
"I was down there a month ago, before most of these talking heads were even paying attention to the gulf. A month ago I was meeting with fishermen down there, standing in the rain talking about what a potential crisis this could be. And I don’t sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick."

President Obama, June of 2010
It looks like President Obama has come full circle on that civility thing. Maybe that's what he meant by "change you can believe in."


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