"That large-heartedness -- that concern and regard for the plight of others -- is not a partisan feeling. It's not a Republican or a Democratic feeling. It, too, is part of the American character -- our ability to stand in other people's shoes; a recognition that we are all in this together, and when fortune turns against one of us, others are there to lend a helping hand; a belief that in this country, hard work and responsibility should be rewarded by some measure of security and fair play; and an acknowledgment that sometimes government has to step in to help deliver on that promise. This has always been the history of our progress..."
President Barack Obama
Address to Joint Session of Congress
September 9, 2009
"Eight months into the Obama years, we've already reached the point where an evil craziness is about to take off. Unless enough Republican leaders, conservative movement honchos and talk show jocks denounce it, we could see an uncontrolled hatred of Barack Obama run rampant. And who knows where that will lead."
"Look at the last week."
"When GOP Rep. Joe Wilson called Barack Obama a liar in the middle of the president's health care address Wednesday night, the South Carolinian was not only breaking House protocol, he was legitimizing loathing of the president by right-wing followers who look to their leaders for their cues. He was doing the same thing some respectable people of Dallas did when they harassed Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson in the early 1960s on the streets of our city. He was creating an excuse for others to give into their darkest demons."
"Similarly, the backlash in Texas and elsewhere against the president speaking to students Tuesday was about more than disagreeing with Obama over policy. It was about questioning his right to lead this nation."
"Why else would parents pull their students out of school that day? Or demand that their schools not let him speak? A reaction like that was more than an objection to the wording of a study guide the administration was sending along with the speech."