A reader writes:
Sitting here watching the speech I have been thinking that something is wrong. My first thought was that he is talking too fast. Then it dawned on me: he knows what he is talking about and expecting me to keep up. After eight years of being talked to like a child (or an idiot), my president is speaking to me like I am an intelligent adult. This is going to take some getting used to.
I'm getting successive goosebumps and quietly cheering away in my home office. Wow. I'm going to go out tomorrow and spend $50 somewhere ... This guy means business. And with every action of his, and with every foot-in-mouth episode from the GOP, we will come to understand that governance in this nation has transitioned into an entirely new paradigm.
Why did the very simple sentiment of the President acknowledging that despite differences, we all love the United States and want the best for her send me into a fit of tears? Perhaps because it's been 8 long years of enduring a President who preached and lived the opposite. It was such sweet release to say goodbye to the attacks on the patriotism of others simply because they disagree with the party in power.