We didn't listen to the President's speech last night, being occupied with other activity. We did read the text of his speech. We think it succeeded in doing exactly what it ought to do, which is memorialize the dead and call citizens to honest reflection that in the end has nothing to do with politics but much to do with citizenship and humanity.
We've heard a few clips of the speech, and we suspect it is better read than listened to. We don't care to hear all the reflexive cheering in the basketball arena at what was really a funeral.