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Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 04/13/2011

First thoughts on Obama’s debt speech

There’s plenty to say about President Obama’s speech on the debt. But here are my quick, first-blush thoughts. Obama is at his best and most inspiring when he talks about who we are as a nation. That’s why, at times, I felt transported back to Boston in 2004 when a little-known state senator from Illinois named Barack Obama said, “there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there’s the United States of America.” Or to presidential candidate Obama’s pivotal and necessarily nuanced 2008 speech in Philadelphia on race that spoke to the legitimate pain, anger, fear and frustration between and among whites and blacks. In that speech he spoke hard truths to both sides. And I heard hard truths once again coming from Obama on the debt crisis facing this country. His was a muscular address that drew lines in the sand. How well those lines hold up will be tested in the weeks and months ahead.
I’ll have more later.

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