The President's Speech and the Politics of Tragedy
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President Obama delivered an emotional tribute last night to the victims of Saturday's shooting in Tucson. Will he succeed in changing the tone of America's public discourse? Also, the rising foreclosure rate, and cables released by WikiLeaks portray Iran's President Ahmadinejad not as a hard liner but a progressive reformer.
Banner image: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive for the memorial event "Together We Thrive: Tucson and America" at the McKale Memorial Center in Tucson, Arizona, on January 12, 2011. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images
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- Daniel Indiviglio: Associate Editor, The Atlantic
The President, the Republicans and the Rhetoric ()
President Obama took the high road at last night's memorial service in Tucson, asking Americans not to use "tragedy to turn on one another." At a time, he said, when political discourse is "sharply polarized," we should talk "in a way that heals, not a way that wounds." Republicans are now on a closed-door retreat, talking about the business of trashing healthcare reform under heavy pressure from Tea Party supporters. Did Obama meet the challenge a president faces in troubled times? Will politicians and pundits tone down the rhetoric?
- Matthew Cooper: White House Managing Editor, National Journal, @mattizcoop
- Frank Luntz: Head Consultant, The Word Doctors
- Douglas Brinkley: Professor of History, Rice University
A New Assessment of Iranian President Ahmadinejad ()
With Iran, the US and countries from the European Union scheduled to resume talks this month, Hillary Clinton has asked Arab countries to help prevent the development of nuclear weapons. Meantime, lost in the furor of Saturday's shootings in Tucson, WikiLeaks has released cables suggesting that President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not the hard-liner he seems to be but a "progressive reformer" stymied by more conservative factions. That's according to Reza Aslan, Professor at UC Riverside, member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
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