The Consoler in Chief

Aside from the fact that I don’t recall a similar pep rally / memorial service for the Fort Hood victims, I thought our Consoler in Chief did a fine job in Tucson last night. (Okay, he probably shouldn’t have asked what “triggered” the attack, his reference to “life partners” was a clunker, and he went on a bit too long.) Mr. Obama spoke against the kind of opportunistic political demonization his followers have been engaged in all week (and which he has been known to dabble in), and he struck the right note saying that our actions ought to be worthy of the lives of the victims.

And compared to Sarah Palin’s unfortunate complaint that her critics have been involved in a “blood libel” (which showed insensitivity to Jews and served as an example of the kind of heated rhetoric people are wringing their hands over), his words sounded downright presidential.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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