A few weeks ago, I opined – and I’m a former speechwriter to no less than Jean Chretien, remember – that political speeches don’t matter anymore.
I was wrong about that. And the speech below is why. It is Obama’s greatest oratory ever; it is his Gettysburg Address. I confess that I cried when I read it for the first time, at the end of a long Sunday of helping one son to study, and helping another to get to and from hockey games and practices.
One of my editors at the Sun said this to me last night: “I take back what I wrote about this being the time of year with nothing to write about. I wish that were true.”
Me, too. What a terrible time this is. This is the Christmas of tears.