The President was as sure-footed in this speech as I’ve ever seen him. I wanted “fire in his belly” and to see street fighter as much as statesman in taking on anti-Americanism and liberal misrepresentations and accusations.
The President did that . . . with finesse “Second guessing is not a strategy.”
His recurring theme there are no “alternatives to American leadership” framed his case that the war on terrorism, surveillance of suspected terrorists and advancing democracy are essential in “freedom’s cause.” The President checked off items from his laundry list of programs and initiatives without meandering far from his theme that America must lead the world by shaping the present and the future. The President nailed his powerful conclusion about renewing the nation’s defining moral commitments.
Rhetoric doesn’t get any better than that.
But he was a bit too conciliatory. He skated carefully around key domestic issues, couching them merely as concerns and challenges that confront a hopeful nation.
In short, moral clarity, boldness and passion on the big picture, but committee-content and lack of emphasis on specific social issues.
Dr. Janice Shaw Crouse is Senior Fellow of CWA’s Beverly LaHaye Institute. This article first appeared on National Review Online, and is reprinted with permission.