On the one hand, we have a little man (figuratively speaking), sitting at a big, empty desk, speaking in deadened tones and flat words, as his eyes roam relentlessly back and forth between his teleprompter, desperately avoiding the single word that so aptly sums up American bravery and sacrifice: Victory!
And on the other hand, we once had this:
I started appreciating George Bush on September 11, 2001, and came to respect him greatly in the intervening years. And boy, do I miss him now. He didn’t always do things with which I agreed, but he was always, always, a person of great integrity, decency, patriotism and personal warmth. All of that shows in the speech above.
Hat tip: Commentary’s post about Obama’s anticipated absence from Ground Zero on 9/11 this year.