9.42 pm To rate this address on any political meter would be to demean it. The president wrested free of politics tonight and spoke of greater things. I pledge myself to try and follow his advice and debate with vigor and spirit and candor and bluntness, but with more civility, more empathy, and, yes, more love.
9.35 pm I am glad that the president has said we should debate the manifold ways in which we can help prevent this from occurring again; but that we should debate these things in a way that is worthy of the victims, in a way that would make them proud. It's an elegant threading of a very small needle. Watching Christina Green's parents as the president speaks brings home the enormity of this crime. Making her brief nine years of life the focus for hope and inspiration is a lovely peroration.
"I want America to be as good as [Christina] imagined it."
And one senses palpably that Obama's own love for his own daughters is behind this message.
9.31 pm Obama suggests that this sudden tear in our communal fabric can be a chance to reconsider our lives and our loves. It has been a deeply spiritual speech, and it has transcended politics, which was not as easy as he made it appear.
9.27 pm "What we cannot do is use this as another occasion to turn on each other."