I don’t think so, Judy. In fact, what David calls rhetorical, over-the-top flourishes, I thought were probably the most powerful part of the president’s speech.
Remember, President Biden, in my opinion, is never more clear, passionate, focused and determined than when he talks about what he calls the soul of America, started with his campaign talking of Charlottesville, speaking in his race against Donald Trump about who we are as a people.
And I think a lot of people make a mistake by focusing on the politics of this speech and not understanding that it’s as much political as it is moral for this president.
And we can focus on what happened in the 2020 election, but the fire that’s coming from the president, the fire that’s coming from millions of Americans has to do with what Republicans in particular have done in the states since the 2020 elections.
For many people, what is happening at the state and local level in terms of not just voter suppression, but voter subversion, is what drives this whole debate.
And so for people to be upset because the president has drawn a very sharp and clear line in the sand that you’re either, as he said, Dr. King, in terms of opening the promise of the America to everyone, be George Wallace, who wanted to cling to power for power’s sake, and hold it in the hands of an elite, especially a white male elite, that’s where we’re at right now .
And the last thing I will say on that is that after four years of a president putting a blowtorch to the American presidency, to the Constitution, to our values, to the peaceful transfer of power, to the decency in general, for people to be mad at President Biden for fighting for American values and for American democracy, it’s kind of hard for me to take them seriously.