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Obama and Palin: Two responses at a time of crisis

Wednesday's coda to the initial aftermath of Saturday's shooting in Tucson offered up two distinct portraits of two very different leaders. First there was Sarah Palin, who after four days of staying mostly quiet as critics blamed her rhetoric, in part, for the shootings--a claim that has not proven to be true--released a video that, while more restrained and uplifting than many past statements, still managed to turn defensive and attacking at times. Later in the same day, President Obama delivered an impassioned speech at an arena-sized memorial service in Tucson, calling for unity and civility, but remaining above the partisan fray.

Juxtaposing the two is not an effort to be partisan; it is also, I'll admit, not an entirely fair comparison, given their starkly different jobs and platforms for presenting their messages. Palin did not have the cheering masses at the McKale Memorial Center at the University of Arizona, who at times made the event feel more like a pep rally than a memorial service. Still, if Palin, who is widely perceived to be weighing a 2012 run, is serious about a run for president, it is fair to compare the tone and themes of her response at a time of national crisis to the man who would be her opponent.

Much of the attention paid to Palin's video statement has centered on the phrase "blood libel" and its historical implications. But all the criticism of her choice of words misses a much bigger point. Palin's far graver mistake--if she wants to be seen as presidential material--was to dwell on any subject that wasn't seen as rising above the fray and helping to lead a nation in healing.

Commentators called her eight-minute speech more polished than usual, even "pitch-perfect" for much, though not all, of its entirety. But it was her stooping, yet again, to attacks against the media and opponents on the left which made her appear less like a presidential contender.

Palin's message started with an above-the-fray tone, praising "our exceptional nation, so vibrant with ideas and passionate exchange and debate of ideas," and reminding viewers that "the strength of the American spirit shines brightest in times of tragedy." But it wasn't long before she started pointing fingers, not only at the "journalists and pundits [who] should not manufacture a blood libel," but to "the irresponsible statements from people attempting to apportion blame for this terrible event;" "those who mock [America's] greatness by being intolerant of different opinion and seeking to muzzle dissent;" the "some" who claim the reading of the Constitution in Congress was merely "symbolic;" and the Congressman who "announced that he would propose a law that would criminalize speech he found offensive." Her tone was at times mocking; you could almost hear the air quotes being used around certain words.

I can understand how she would want to defend herself. And I'm hardly saying that the media and the pundit class don't deserve much of the criticism they receive. But this was not the time and place to do either. Rather, it was a time for leaders to do what only leaders are in the position to do: Bring people together. Provide words of healing and of hope. Save the finger-pointing and blame assignments for later.

Whatever you may think of the president and his politics, Obama's speech did all of those things. He focused on the future, invoking the hopes and dreams of the 9-year-old girl who was killed in the attacks. He provided hope, sharing the news that Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords had opened her eyes that afternoon in the hospital, and reminding his audience of the heroes who helped keep Saturday's shooting from becoming worse than it had been. And not once did he speak ill of his opponents; rather, he encouraged Americans not to point fingers or assign blame, but to "use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways our hopes and dreams are bound together."

Again, it may not be entirely fair to appose an eight-minute taped statement by a potential presidential candidate with a 30-minute arena-sized eulogy given by the leader of the free world. But the content of their messages--the words they chose at a time of national grieving--do make for a useful comparison, especially if the two end up being political opponents next year.

Leaders deflect attention from themselves, focusing on the needs of the people who follow them rather than on their need to defend themselves. And they earn the full meaning of that title not by the number of books they sell, the amount of media coverage they receive, or the number of impassioned followers they have, but by how they respond at a time of national crisis.

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A gun is merely technological knowledge. Like nuclear power, you simply can't put knowledge back in a box. Once it is out there it can be used constructively to kill food for consumption or to protect one's family/nation from evil OR it can be used destructively to run gangs/drugs and violence. Once evil people have the knowledge should the righteous reject knowledge in the name of peace? No, as Solomon once said, "He who increases knowledge increases power. AND A prudent man acts according to knowledge, but a fool exposes his folly"

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 4:04 PM

I don't think she's responsible in any way for the shootings. What makes me so angry is the right's glorification of guns. Then we see what happens when you actually use one of those things. And last I checked Nancy Pelosi or any other bleeding heart on the left hasn't run any political ads glorifying guns. Is Palin getting smeared? Absolutely. Is it fair? Absolutely not. I just wish this incident would make right wingers like her shut up about their fire arms. Fine, keep a thousand guns in your closet, have one tucked in your undies at all time and worship the bleepin' things, but stop reminding everybody about how great it is to have them and use them. It's childish, irresponsible and serves no good to act that way.

Posted by: Candressuhmoose | January 14, 2011 11:55 AM

jonswitzer,
I think your comments are less persuasive than you give them credit for. I think these blogs would be more interesting if everyone were limited to one or two entries.

Posted by: dcmeteor | January 14, 2011 11:28 AM

Dear Washington Post: I get the sense that when I show up and make some consistent, persuasive arguments on these threads that the article to which I am responding quickly moves off your website's front page. Just an observation. God Bless you all.

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 10:55 AM

Palin's rebuke of the media was appropriate and gracious:

Bozell writes: Everyone's discussing the need to curb a national appetite for angry rhetoric, when it was disturbing music and movies that were influencing Loughner's mind, and they are ignored.

It took 72 hours for Loughner's entertainment appetites to enter the media mainstream. On Jan. 11, the Washington Post noted that on the shooter's YouTube channel, a lone video is listed as a favorite. J. Freedom du Lac reported on the rock band Drowning Pool: "As a hooded figure wearing a garbage bag for pants limps across the desert to set fire to an American flag, a howling heavy-metal song called 'Bodies' serves as the video's relentless soundtrack."

The lyrics are screamed: "Let the bodies hit the floor! Let the bodies hit the floor! Let the bodies hit the floor!" in an obvious echo of a shooting rampage like Loughner's. This isn't the first time this music was associated with a murder. In the northern Virginia suburb of Oakton in 2003, du Lac added, "then-19-year-old Joshua Cooke cranked the throbbing tune on his headphones, walked out of his bedroom holding a 12-gauge shotgun and killed his parents."

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 10:49 AM

How pompous and arrogant it is for Sarah Palin to lecture America! She is not an elected leader (we could have chosen her in 2008 if we had wanted to) and she quit her real job. She does not have the standing to claim leadership.

Posted by: dcmeteor | January 14, 2011 10:42 AM

Solomon said:

Rebuke a wise man and he will love you. Rebuke a fool and he will hate you.

Do not answer a fool according to his folly and he will be wise in his own eyes.

Answer a fool according to his folly and you will be like him yourself.

Can't win with a fool. (read mainstream media) Palin was damned if she did and damned if she didn't.

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 10:37 AM

Mrs. Palin's life experiences and her education are no different than the education and experiences of President Obama that there is no comparison. Mrs. Palin will not run for President. It is time for our Media Love Affair with Mrs. Palin to let her be on vacation, be a mother, housewife and tv star. Enough!

Posted by: judithclaire1939 | January 14, 2011 10:35 AM

Palin lacks the intelligence and comprehension that marks true leaders. She also lacks the intesinal fortitude to stay with a job to see it through to conclusion.

A quitter never wins, and she is a quitter.

Posted by: COLEBRACKETT | January 14, 2011 10:35 AM

Dstreet, your assessment of me is profoundly instructive...

How about another:

In February 2010, ticking time-bomb professor Amy Bishop gunned down three of her colleagues at University of Alabama-Huntsville, and suicide pilot Joseph Andrew Stack flew a stolen small plane into an Austin, Texas, office complex that contained an Internal Revenue Service office. Mainstream journalists from Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capehart to Time magazine reporter Hilary Hylton leaped forward to tie the crimes to tea party rhetoric. Never mind that Bishop was an Obama-worshiping academic with a lifelong history of violence or that Stack was another Bush-hater outraged about everything from George W. Bush to the American medical system to the evils of capitalism to the city of Austin, the Catholic Church and airlines.

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 10:33 AM

Rickster,

I understand that you do not feel Palin is qualified. I, on the other hand, did not feel that Obama was qualified. Nevertheless, context must not be forgotten. For the last week, the ENTIRE mainstream Media ruthlessly and falsely made Palin the story. A rebuke was due and appropriate. She did a fine job with that rebuke in a sensitive situation.

Furthermore, her choice to step down from Governor in Alaska was very prudent in terms of protecting the Alaskan people from PRECISELY the same kinds of attacks that she faced over this last week. Instead of fighting, she walked away from the fight. She recognized that fighting was a waste of time and would only hurt Alaska.

Finally, all conservatives recognize that the mainstream media misrepresents us and our ideas with great abandon. Palin's choice to speak against that makes her a voice for us that is very valuable. So, yes, she is a leader.. and one that represents at least half the nation.

Those who deny that, are the same people who celebrate the manipulations of the mainstream media.

Hence, my chronicling of their folly here on this thread.

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 10:28 AM

Jena McGregor,

While I admired and respected Obama's speech, your comparison neglected perhaps the second most obvious consideration possible.

You failed to point out that your colleges had spent the past several days blaming Sarah Palin for the massacre. What exactly what she supposed to have done? Ignore a well orchestrated and even uniform media campaign that slandered her and her supporters?

I'm sure you'd prefer she not answer the attacks, and should just bow her head and let the media heap vitriol upon her.

Posted by: CorpusCogitosum | January 14, 2011 10:19 AM

(BTW: my Bibliography for these facts is Michelle Malkin)

"President Obama wisely counseled the nation this week at the Tucson massacre memorial that "bad things happen, and we must guard against simple explanations in the aftermath." But as the progressive left's smear-stained recent history shows, criminalizing conservatism is a hard habit to break." - Michelle Malkin -

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 10:18 AM

Palin is not a leader. She is a celebrity like Snooky and Paris Hilton. Sitcoms, product endorsements, and self help books are her future vocation, not lawmaking.

Posted by: cleatus1 | January 14, 2011 10:18 AM

The Washington Post may wish to revisit their own role in this tragedy; publishing, in the name of revenue enhancement, cheap editorials by neutered writers in a barnyard of chickens.

Posted by: tripferguson1 | January 14, 2011 10:15 AM

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 9:53 AM

You, sir, are an ass ...

Posted by: dstreet208 | January 14, 2011 10:13 AM

Mrs. Palin is NO LEADER...she could not lead her family from travial, Alaska she deserted, and now all she can do is scream hate-filled rants against the Obamas. Mr. and Mrs. Obama continue to show class, intelligence, and sophistication...something Mrs. Palin is incapable of attaining or even understanding. Just watch her raves (especially her hateful "non verbal" behavior). She should "retreat" to her cave in Alaska and remain.

Posted by: fairness3 | January 14, 2011 10:12 AM

I did not vote for McCain/Palin in 08. But given the unwithering attack of the left on Palin, and Obama allowing it to happen, when we were to believe in a new atmosphere of cooperation, I would now vote for Palin. She, or any politician, does not deserve what the media has done.

Posted by: jjlj | January 14, 2011 10:10 AM

Foremost, Palin is not a leader. I would argue that she is a quitter and reality show actor. She choose an politically charged words to stay in the spotlight for five more minutes.
Obama, with the execption of the few heartfelt words, was delivering his opening statements for re-election. A funeral is no place for a political speach.

Posted by: dbahniuk | January 14, 2011 10:09 AM

Foremost, Palin is not a leader. I would argue that she is a quitter and reality show actor. She choose an politically charged words to stay in the spotlight for five more minutes.
Obama, with the exception of the few heartfelt words, was delivering his opening statements for re-election. A funeral is no place for a politics.

Posted by: dbahniuk | January 14, 2011 10:07 AM

Jon, what's your point? It's as if you are counting up the numbers and somehow using them to argue... what?

While I agree with the unfairness of attributing blame for this act on Palin or anyone else, I also think it is completely fair and overdue to criticize the manner in which they denigrate others... the same does indeed hold true for those on the Left. It was wrong to accuse Palin but it was also a terrific opportunity for her to show resilience and leadership. Remember, there are still people claiming that Obama is not a citizen, claiming he is Muslim terrorist and claiming that he is not a legitimate president-- it comes with the territory.

But there is a significant point to be considered here... Beck, Olbermann and others are entertainers. They add little real value beyond inciting the passions of their like-minded viewers.

Palin, on the other hand is supposedly gearing up to be an official leader of some kind, possibly Presidential candidate. Her judgement, displayed on the smaller stage as it is here, is a windown into how she will act under pressure on the larger stage. In most walks of life, people are promoted and given additional responsibility when they master their current job or skills, not because it is guaranteed that they will do well, but because the preponderence of evidence suggests they will.

The preponderence of evidence suggests that Palin is not fit to lead a nation but she is a loud voice for a small sliver that she connects with.

Posted by: Rickster623 | January 14, 2011 10:07 AM

How about some more!

In May 2010, liberal New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg tried to preemptively pin the Times Square bombing attempt on "someone with a political agenda that doesn't like the health care bill or something." The culprit was unrepentant Muslim jihadist Faisal Shahzad.

In August 2010, Democratic supporters of Missouri Rep. Russ Carnahan blamed a "firebombing" at the congressman's St. Louis office on tea party suspects. The real perpetrator? Disgruntled progressive activist Chris Powers, who was enraged over a paycheck dispute.

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 10:03 AM

If anyone is listening. The facts on the ground point toward the heated, accusatory, unsubstantiated rhetoric coming from the left in situations where their own ideologically driven crazies are to blame.

Palin was right to rebuke such outlandish, immature behavior. Obama was right to call for peace also. Both had to be done. Palin was the mother and Obama the father.

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 9:53 AM

Like President Obama, Palin had to show compassion and memorialize the victims which she did well.

BUT she also had to defend herself, the Tea Party and conservatives against a "accessory to murder" blood libel. A blood libel even the New York Times David Brooks described as "vicious charges".

Where are the apologias from Paul Krugman, EJ Dionne, and MSNBC's Olbermann for their blood libel against conservatives and Sarah Palin ?

Posted by: pvilso24 | January 14, 2011 9:50 AM

In September 2009, Bill Sparkman, a federal U.S. Census worker, was found dead in a secluded rural Kentucky cemetery with the word "Fed" scrawled on his chest with a rope around his neck. The Atlantic Monthly's Andrew Sullivan rushed to indict "Southern populist terrorism, whipped up by the GOP and its Fox and talk radio cohorts" in an online magazine post titled "No Suicide," which decried the "Kentucky lynching." Liberal author Richard Benjamin blamed "anti-government" bile. New York magazine fingered conservative talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh, "conservative media personalities, websites and even members of Congress." So, who killed Bill Sparkman? Bill Sparkman. He killed himself and deliberately manufactured a hate crime hoax as part of an insurance scam to benefit his surviving son.

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 9:49 AM

Leaders don't quit in the middle of their terms.

Posted by: chickencalada | January 14, 2011 9:49 AM

In late August 2009, as lawmakers faced citizen revolts at health care town halls nationwide, the Colorado Democratic Party decried a window-smashing vandalism attack at its Denver headquarters. State Democratic Party Chair Pat Waak singled out tea party activists and blamed "people opposed to health care" for the attack. The perpetrator, Maurice Schwenkler, turned out to be a far-left transgender activist/single-payer anarchist who had worked for a labor union-tied political committee and canvassed for a Democratic candidate.

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 9:49 AM

In June 2009, a depraved, elderly anti-Semite named James von Brunn gunned down a security guard at the Holocaust Museum in D.C. Washington Post blogger Greg Sargent and lefty Center for American Progress think-tank fellow Matthew Yglesias immediately invoked the Obama administration's report on right-wing extremism, leading to a wider chorus of condemnations against the tea party, talk radio and the entire GOP. The truth? Von Brunn was an unstable, equal-opportunity hater and 9/11 Truther conspiracy loon who bashed Jews and Christians, George W. Bush and Fox News, and had also threatened the conservative Weekly Standard magazine.

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 9:45 AM

Palin gets visciously and unfairly attacked and she's then supposed to stay silent and not respond in any way.

That's "staying above the fray".

No apologies for the Left's most disgusting smear campaign in recent memory though.

Posted by: drjcarlucci | January 14, 2011 9:44 AM

a sick, evil man named Jiverly Voong ambushed an immigration center in Binghamton, N.Y. Recently fired from his job, Voong murdered 13 people, critically wounded four others and then committed suicide. The instant psychologists of the left knew nothing about the disgruntled man of Vietnamese descent and undetermined political affiliation. But within hours of the shooting, liberal mega-website Huffington Post commenters had overwhelmingly convicted GOP Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, the National Rifle Association, Fox News, Lou Dobbs and yours truly. Liberal radio host Alan Colmes pointed his finger at the "huge anti-immigrant backlash in this country" -- never mind that tens of millions of legal immigrants and naturalized citizens have coped with hardship, overcome racism and embraced assimilation without going bloody bonkers.

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 9:41 AM

I must admit I was extremely disturbed when I went to Palin's facebook page to watch her video - first of all, there was no free t-shirt offer, and then she didn't have the class to have a witch doctor introduce her!

Posted by: ddaly7 | January 14, 2011 9:39 AM

In April 2009, a disgruntled, unemployed loser shot and killed three Pittsburgh police officers in a horrifying bloodbath. The gunman, Richard Poplawski, was a dropout from the Marines who threw a food tray at a drill sergeant and had beaten his girlfriend. Was this deranged shooter who pulled the trigger to blame? Nope. Despite evidence that Poplawski's homicidal, racist tendencies manifested themselves years before Obama took office, lefty publications asserted that the real culprit of the spree was the "heated, apocalyptic rhetoric of the anti-Obama forces" (according to mainstream liberal Atlantic Monthly pundit Andrew Sullivan), along with Fox News and Glenn Beck (according to mainstream liberal journalist Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly online).

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 9:38 AM

For the past two years, Democratic officials, liberal activists and journalists have jumped to libelous conclusions about individual shooting sprees committed by mentally unstable loners with incoherent delusions all over the ideological map. The White House now pledges to swear off "pointing fingers or assigning blame." Alas, the Obama administration's political and media foot soldiers have proved themselves incapable of such restraint.

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 9:35 AM

Palin is NOT a leader. Unless your talking about leading people in ignorant foolery. What a bimbo!!!! She has made me change my party affiliation. I agree with GILBERTPB40 a cute little cheerleader.

Posted by: ohioskinsfan1 | January 14, 2011 9:33 AM

What national crisis, you addle-pated idiot? I live in Frederick, Md. Today we had another incident of a man shooting family members, then himself. Happened three times last year (children died, entire families). According to you, Frederick is in a constant state of national crisis. According to me, there sure are a lot of nut cases.

Obama merely acted out the leftist opportunist role of "he-didn't-want-nothing-for-himself" speechmaking, as characterized so perfectly by John Steinbeck in the novel "In Dubious Battle".

Posted by: qoph | January 14, 2011 9:32 AM

I watched the Palin video statement but I was very disappointed - no witch doctor introduction.

Posted by: ddaly7 | January 14, 2011 9:27 AM

I went to Sarah Palin's facebook page to watch the video of her speech but I can't seem to find the free t-shirt offer?

Posted by: ddaly7 | January 14, 2011 9:21 AM

Shotgun $arah a "leader"? Not hardly. She's a far right, money grubbbing, talking head who is owned by Fox News. She can't blame the media for reporting the hate and lies she spews forth on a regular basis. The attention is what she craves, and if she can't take the heat, she should get out of the kitchen.

Posted by: lddoyle2002 | January 14, 2011 9:20 AM

The level of vitriol in this country has risen over the past 15 years.
I think this has coincided with the ascension of Fox News, and then MSNBC, and the establishment of comment boards like this one. Precious few are actually trying to discuss anything on the internet, and the venting just helps us reify our own self-images and positions. I've done it, too. We don't even know how to talk to each other about politics face-to-face anymore, as seen in the townhall meetings or the health care speech in August by the president.

What does 2011 citizenship mean? Calling people names like repubthugs or dumbocrats? Thanks to everyone who tries to raise the level of discourse. There's people making a lot of money off of this dangerous cycle, and I'm sure they are threatened by the suggestion that thoughtful dialogue is an essential part of a democracy.

Posted by: minorthread | January 14, 2011 9:16 AM

"How can so many brillant journalist think that Obama is a leader. Did they forget to engage their brains or are they blinded by the insincere words. I think that their ego is higher than their collective intellect."

HMD1

brillant post! We need more thinker like you. You forgot a ? after the second sentense, but ohterwise Your grammer amd spelling was almost 90% good.. You even used the right 'their'. You is so smart!

Posted by: TedfromRichmond | January 14, 2011 9:16 AM

The mainstream media was unconscionably vindictive to Palin throughout this trumped up brouhaha. Palin was right to call out the lies and manipulations of facts. She did so with great reserve. Alan Dershowitz himself defended Palin's use of the term Blood Libel. The media was childish throughout. When Palin responded they pounced with a ginned up tempter tantrum. Equivocating Obama's response to Palin's is vile. Everyone needs to settle down and move on.

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 9:16 AM

The mainstream media was unconscionably vindictive to Palin throughout this trumped up brouhaha. Palin was right to call out the lies and manipulations of facts. She did so with great reserve. Alan Dershowitz himself defended Palin's use of the term Blood Libel. The media was childish throughout. When Palin responded they pounced with a ginned up tempter tantrum. Equivocating Obama's response to Palin's is vile. Everyone needs to settle down and move on.

Posted by: jonswitzer | January 14, 2011 9:12 AM

I agree with those who say Palin is not a "leader". Like so many self-appointed pundits, she mouths her opinions as if they are true without a shred of facts to back it up. She insults and takes cheap shots, yet offers no specific policy options of her own other than generalized pablum that any high schooler can spout. She uses her words to hurt OUR causes of tolerance and self-government by undermining both, apparently so she can make money.

Posted by: michael4 | January 14, 2011 9:10 AM

"Odumba could learn more from Palin than Palin could from Odumba.

Our Speech-Reader-In-Chief needs his speech writers and three days to come up with a respone...Palin speaks from the heart.

Posted by: NO-bama"

***

Good satire No-bama! You sound just like an addled AM talk radio addict - the typical, foolish insults with no proof or thought. "Speech reader in Chief!" Priceless. The "three days" - ha! I actually heard Rush Limbaugh say that yesterday! Your "User ID name" is perfect! Well done!

Posted by: TedfromRichmond | January 14, 2011 9:09 AM

Who ever determined that Sarah Palin was "a leader".

She was elected to the office of "Governor of Alaska". She quit after one year. That doesn't make her "a leader".

She ran as a Vice-Presidential candidate on a ticket that lost. That doesn't make her a leader.

She actively supported inept Republican primary candidates for the Senate who managed to win the primary elections in Utah, Nevada and Deleware and lost in the general election. Their opponents in the primary elections would have easily won the general election. That doesn't make her "a leader".

If she leads anything at all it is the extreme right wing of the Republican Party. These people make up a small percentage of the overall electorate and their extreme views are rejected by a vast majority of the electorate.

Hopefully the GOP will wake up and get her off of the national stage by rejecting her extreme positions.


The medias' portrayal of her as "a leader of the Republican Party" is deterimental to the Partys' chances of winning in the next general election.

Posted by: WESHS49 | January 14, 2011 8:34 AM

Palin is not a leader, she is a celebrity. Her schtick is entertaining ignorant fools with violent criminal fantasies about shooting people and attacking them with vicious animals. Maybe it is just hyperbole and most of them wouldn't really do it, but it's still disgusting. Even if she didn't have anything directly to do with the shooter, she legitimizes the whole hate-mongering enterprise that has consumed the Republican Party.

Posted by: DaveHarris | January 14, 2011 8:28 AM

Nuff said... No other comments required, the author of this article said all that needs to be said. We all know a pig with lipstick when we see one, it's still a pig...

Posted by: WhitneyDavid | January 14, 2011 8:15 AM

Why would there be an article about Obama and Palin as leaders? Palin is not a leader. She is not heading anything.

Posted by: alowens1 | January 14, 2011 8:11 AM

How can so many brillant journalist think that Obama is a leader. Did they forget to engage their brains or are they blinded by the insincere words. I think that their ego is higher than their collective intellect.

Posted by: hmd1 | January 14, 2011 8:02 AM

I am not American, but observing fro abroad the frenzied attacks on Sarah Palin and the more studied undermining of her by some GOP and conservative pundits I can draw only one conclusion about the amount of attention she gets. The GOP establishment really does believe that that she can win the nomination and the Democrats and the Left really do beliebe that she can overwhelm Obama in 2012. She is a genuine reformer; the 'game' will be over in washington.

Posted by: genecarr100 | January 14, 2011 7:50 AM

Palin's speech was scheduled for 10 minutes but cut short because she was reading it off her staff's hands (off camera) and one had washed his.

Palin will be interviewed on Hannity monday night. Her speech Tues. informed us she was not responsible for her past words, next monday she will announce she is not responsible for her present words or any words in the future. There will be no commercial breaks since advertisers have pulled out not wanting to be quilty by association with the show.

Posted by: wmboyd | January 14, 2011 7:41 AM

This newspaper and it's idiot writers just don't get it. They blamed George W Bush for everthing now they have turned their sites on Sarah Palin...what trash you should be ashamed.

Posted by: jenkij | January 14, 2011 7:41 AM

I think one may legitimately criticize Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Michelle Bachmann, Rush Limbaugh, etc. etc. for creating an extremely hostile and toxic environment in this country for the past two years. They talk a lot about "individual accountability" but never take responsibility for their own aggressive and often dishonest smearing of America's government and especially our head of state. Their ongoing campaign to bring down the President is obvious to anyone who listens to them. Whether the Tucson shooter or other killers are literally inspired by them is not the only issue here. I (and many others) are fed up with their violent rhetoric and call to arms to "start the revolution." It's toxic, it's dangerous, and it appeals to the most primitive instincts of people. Is Sarah Palin a leader? Yes, but it's a negative form of leadership. If she must be on the national stage, she is better suited to be a well-paid TV or radio pundit.

Posted by: mwohiovoter | January 14, 2011 7:38 AM

Shut up nobama you moron. You are even more stupid that george w. bush a great dunce. At least Obama is brilliant unlike anyone on the fascist side. Oh I forget you teabagheadnazilunatics can't can't tell the difference between ideologies. You morally dead rightwingers.

Posted by: letemhaveit | January 14, 2011 7:35 AM

Sorry for double post (tho I did correct the typo from the earlier one).

Posted by: agog1 | January 14, 2011 7:30 AM

But Palin ISN'T a leader, she's just an instigator. Obama is a leader. Comparing the two as leaders elevates her to a level she hasn't earned. Sure she has a following, but serial killers have followings too, it doesn't make them leaders.
With Palin, as with Beck et al, there is no discussion, no debate, no dialogue, there is only diatribe, and that is what she foments among her fans. She hides. And spits hostility from her hiding places.
It is definitely reasonable to compare Palin's response to the incident to Obama's response, but to call her a leader is, to put it as kindly as I can, misled.

Posted by: agog1 | January 14, 2011 7:28 AM

arkadie77: Ah, making up stories about your life in defense of your political positions, I guess I'm supposed to think 'wow algebra and Spanish in the 3rd grade.' whoopee...
While making up these stories I enjoy how you are simultaneously throwing around assumptions which are incorrect about people that are, like I said, not locked into goose-step with your political faction. Nice attempt at a capitalism joke, trying to play off the fact that a majority of the people in the United States now want nothing to do with the 'change' advertised in 2008 by the Manchurian Candidate. That ‘change’ is nothing more than a turn downwards towards Despotism.

Posted by: 50Eagle | January 14, 2011 7:28 AM

But Palin ISN'T a leader, she's just an instigator. Obama is a leader. Comparing the two as leaders elevates her to a level she hasn't earned. Sure she has a following, but serial killers have followings too, it doesn't make them leaders.
With Palin, as with Beck et al, there is no discussion, no debate, no dialogue, there is only diatribe, and that is what she foments among her fans. She hides. And spits hostility from her hiding places.
It is definitely reasonable to compare Palin's response to the incident to Obama's response, but to call her a leader is, to put it as kindly as I can, midled.

Posted by: agog1 | January 14, 2011 7:27 AM

As an independent I can never state enough how much I can't stand either party.

I do however have to call a spade a spade. More than one person on the left attacked Palin and blamed this massacre on the Tea Party and the right in this country as a whole. Without so much as a shred of evidence to support the notion.

What was even worse, these same people continued with this course after they were aware this young man was nothing more than a deranged psychopath. Saying Obama took the high road is quite pathetic when it was his own party that has been exploiting a tragedy to spew hate filled rhetoric while calling for the very people they are directing it towards to have their voices silenced.

I must say the Dems have reached an all time low with this one.

Posted by: skins91r | January 14, 2011 7:18 AM

sarah palin has become the new hate figure of the liberal elite.and this elite has vast resources to influence the nation.

they did after all put obama in office.

Posted by: razor2 | January 14, 2011 7:18 AM

Obama is not a leader, but he is sure excellent with teleprompter. Sarah will kick his lib butt to the moon

Posted by: johnrick | January 14, 2011 7:12 AM

three remarks

1 fiddlesticks

2 "the leader of the free world" bah.
every word was written for him.a president has far more resources then a lone individual.

3 women have a deeper dislike for sarah palin then men.

Posted by: razor2 | January 14, 2011 7:11 AM

First of all, Palin is not a leader! I don't think she could effectively lead a latrine detail. Once again, she shot herself in the foot.

Posted by: jonblackman57 | January 14, 2011 7:03 AM

THINKER16 wrote: Have we seen his grades or how he gained admission to the Universities he attended?

He gave a few night lectures at University of Chicago where he discussed the" flaws" within our Constitution. Very leftist viewpoints.

That makes him a scholar?

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Dear THINKER16: maybe you should set an example for what a scholar is and do a little more homework.

One of Mr. Obama's professors at Harvard Law School made the statement that Obama was the most brilliant student he had seen in his career.


Posted by: RickyGibson | January 14, 2011 6:51 AM

I'm no big fan of Sarah Palin and her corny ways, but when I see such hatred waged at this woman, I feel compelled to defend her. Of COURSE her tone was different than Obama's. He wasn't being attacked and blamed for the shootings -- she clearly was! And, guess what - she isn't our president. This article is ludicrous - the cartooner's blog is even more ridiculous. What are you people afraid of?

Posted by: gigigirl2 | January 14, 2011 6:42 AM

Posted by: ftapparo | January 14, 2011 5:14 AM:"When are some people going to learn that Sarah Palin is not a leader? She is an attractive, exuberant, not-very-intelligent person whose public statements will continually have the kind of gaffs she has made ever since making the national scene. With so many qualified candidates on the conservative side of the ledger, it boggles the mind to understand why she gets any ink. John McCain has done much and made great sacrifices for the United States. Unfortunately his legacy will be that he brought to the rest of us Sarah Palin, a part-term governor who abdicated her responsibilities to the people of Alaska in search of the Almighty Dollar." I Couldn't agree more-well put

Posted by: tinalav11 | January 14, 2011 6:35 AM

No offense to Ms. McGregor; I'm sure she's a very bright person. However, after reading this article I got to wondering, "Who is Jena McGregor and what makes her an expert on leadership?" I then found her bio on "Linked In." http://www.linkedin.com/in/jenamcgregor

She graduated from college about 11 years ago and has held various positions as a reporter. There's no indication that she has ever led so much as a one-car parade. With all the great political, business, and military leaders in this country, couldn't the WAPO find someone with a stronger background?

Posted by: Chippewa | January 14, 2011 6:34 AM

Did not Palin listen to Gabby speaking at the US CAPITAL on national news on the very subject? Was Palin reloading?

Posted by: usapdx | January 14, 2011 6:30 AM

Palin, "leader"?? Of what? It's time for the media to just put her on "ignore".

Posted by: tinalav11 | January 14, 2011 6:29 AM

I have to agree with many of the commentors here.
Palin nor Obama can be called leaders.
Most offensive is to give Palin any press at all. Who the hell is she anyway. Alaska escapee, VP wanna be. Pres wanna be.
She is even more smoke and mirrors than W.
Lets not forget the useless 8 years that pretty much got us where we are. deficit wise.
TURN OFF PALIN.

Posted by: movette | January 14, 2011 6:28 AM

It is perhaps noteworthy that it took Obama two years to reach the point where he is starting to act like the president of all the people. Roll back the clock a few months and we hear him telling Hispanics about their enemies. I could go on, but it seems so obvious as to not be worth the effort.

Posted by: hipshot | January 14, 2011 6:27 AM

I have never read a more purposely disingenuous article than this one.

Posted by: hz9604 | January 14, 2011 6:16 AM

I'm not a Palin fan, but to use "Obama" and "leader" in the same sentence is just plain wrong.

Posted by: Chippewa | January 14, 2011 6:16 AM

Obama saw political gain in giving the speech. That's it. His "we can do better" sounded more like a Pepsi commercial (maybe he is looking to sell the rights to Pepsi) than anything related to a memorial. Palin responded because she was dragged into the murders as if she were the cause. She had every right to defend herself and I hope she takes legal action against those who have libeled and slandered her.

The liberal left wing media (Pearlstein, Klein, Dionne, Robinson, et al) absolutely FEARS Sarah Palin. I love that. She won't be President but she will be bringing a huge constituency into the next ruling party in 2012.
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Posted by: hz9604 | January 14, 2011 6:06 AM

When are some people going to learn that Sarah Palin is not a leader? She is an attractive, exuberant, not-very-intelligent person whose public statements will continually have the kind of gaffs she has made ever since making the national scene. With so many qualified candidates on the conservative side of the ledger, it boggles the mind to understand why she gets any ink. John McCain has done much and made great sacrifices for the United States. Unfortunately his legacy will be that he brought to the rest of us Sarah Palin, a part-term governor who abdicated her responsibilities to the people of Alaska in search of the Almighty Dollar.

Posted by: ftapparo | January 14, 2011 5:20 AM

Sarah Palin could not learn from President Obama as she is incapable of that kind of learning.

Posted by: gilbertpb40
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No, she was too busy learning about an obscure term from the middle ages that virtually no one had heard of.

Posted by: hofbrauhausde | January 14, 2011 5:16 AM

When are some people going to learn that Sarah Palin is NOT a leader? She is an attractive, exuberant, ill-informed, not very intelligent person who will make the gaffs that continually appear in her public statements. With so many more qualified persons on the conservative side of the ledger, it is mind-numbing to comprehend why she even gets any ink. John McCain has made many sacrifices and done much for this nation, but, unfortunately, the blot of advancing Palin will be his enduring legacy.

Posted by: ftapparo | January 14, 2011 5:14 AM

so 11/2 is still causing heartburn for the obama set ............... as Palin continues to make the liberal heads implode, much to the laughter of America

America sent a message on 11/2 and the democrats continue to ignore and the liberals continue to follow the obama vitriol model of America hatred

Posted by: M_Algore | January 14, 2011 4:50 AM

I watched the memorial in Arizona and was not impressed with the leadership of Obama. It seems that his so called "healing words" would fall on deaf ears after the rhetoric that his party heaped on anyone on the right who has a say in the the marketplace of ideas.

A disturbed individual "allegedly", and I say that to keep it legal, shot and killed and injured a number of citizens, including a U S Congresswoman from Arizona. That's it, plain and simple. He was the perpetrator, not anyone else that the Democrats saw fit to demonize! The person who showed the most class was Governor Jan Brewer who despite having her state being sued by the federal government, rose to the occasion and was graceful and polite in her dealings with President Obama. Condolences to the families of the victims. Shame on those who sought to politically capitalize on these tragic events.

Posted by: barrysal | January 14, 2011 4:44 AM

To sum01:

Now folks, this is how liberals lie.

sum01 had the audacity to state: "Palin waited 4 days to issue a statement."

Uh no. Palin made a statement offering her condolences at 12:02 pm on the 8th, two hours after the shooting occurred. She then stepped back. After four days of the left blaming her by name for the atrocities which occurred in Arizona, she issued a statement refuting those assertions.

Look folks, Republicans make their share of errors. But the leftists in this country need to stop resorting to out-and-out lies in order to make their weak points. They can't debate the issues since they always lose so their response is to fabricate tales, repeating them until their sheeple followers actually believe their drivel.

And then they claim conservatives are sullying the political discourse....

Posted by: crisp11 | January 14, 2011 4:33 AM

Palin, a leader! Who are you kidding? We, who live out in the real world, just can't get it into our educated brains how so many Americans can align themselves with such an abysmally ignorant and vindictive person as Sarah Palin. Haven't you had enough stupid idiots leading your country?

Posted by: renfieldc | January 14, 2011 4:20 AM

Let's get this straight---Sarah Palin is NOT a leader! She is a good stand-up comic that some are dumb enough to follow. But, she is not a leader!

Posted by: Channah | January 14, 2011 3:59 AM

this is so original. you're the first beltway reporter to make this comparison. where did you get these unique ideas. amazing. first time i heard it. it's so unexpected from the washington post. oh wait a minute, i read this same article with a different headline from capehart, and seven other writers here at teh post, that was before i read the 15 over at politico that said the same thing and the of course nbc, the bastion of objectivity and oh yes, keith olberman, and chris matthews. so original. it would have been nice to see one of you beltway types think outside the box. none of you did. it's like you all went to the same school and were taught by the same professor. booooring

Posted by: harbinger317 | January 14, 2011 3:59 AM

Let's get this straight---Sarah Palin is NOT a leader! She is a good stand-up comic that some are dumb enough to follow. But, she is not a leader!

Posted by: Channah | January 14, 2011 3:58 AM

Two different leaders yes, Obama has shown true leadership during this tragedy. Palin waited 4 days to issue a statement. And then insulted many jews. First of all, If Obama had waited 4 days to say something Palin and her buddies would have been allover it. But since this is Palin waiting 4 days, nothing is out of the ordinary. What Hyprocrisy. Then Alaska's half term Govenor insulted many people with her statement. That is NOT leadership. Thats showing ones own stupidity. Palin is no where near any type of leadership status. Hell, she could never be a leader. She is a divider, a troublemaker, a con artist and bully wrapped up all in one. She needs to grow up. She needs to stay in Alaska.

Posted by: sumo1 | January 14, 2011 3:55 AM

Dear all,
Let us get serious. I am not sure why the media gives Sarah Palin such a high statue in American politics. This is a lady who could not understand the ABC of geography or politics. It will be an insult to the office of the president, to consider Sarah as a potential CANDIDATE.

Posted by: MMGH | January 14, 2011 3:52 AM

Palin was the main target of this manufactured political campaign - why? Over a map? WaPo, Krugman and other media lap-dogs really were grasping on that one. Palin should congratulate herself that she has become a bigger bogeyman for the Leftist Media than Rush Limbaugh.

Posted by: pgr88 | January 14, 2011 2:06 AM

1bmffwb, I get it,

1 big man f*** ing frigid white B*tches.

How about trying to make sense before your spittle drenches the keyboard.

Posted by: arkadie77 | January 14, 2011 1:45 AM

a leader? she's not a leader. she's a personality. leaders don't quit the job to which they were elected by the citizens of their city, state, country.

as far as no-bama's comments, they're part of the problem plaguing our country. disrespectful and demeaning. however, they say more about him than they do about the president.
p.s. the president wrote most of the speech himself. i'd bet my house the former governor of alaska had no clue about the meaning of blood libel.

Posted by: frieda406 | January 14, 2011 1:13 AM

This is becoming more and more absurd as the days pass.

Sarah Palin is a despicable, despicable excuse for a human being. She should just go slither back under the rock from whence she emerged.

And as far as Speaker Boehner, John McCain, and the other Republican haters who profess to love our nation and Constitution, perhaps they might get their acts together and do something FOR the nation, rather than trying to block every piece of legislation that imperils their ability to connect with the haters and racists and bigots who mostly populate the far-right fringes of the Republican party.

It's getting to the point where McCain and Boehner and their ilk should simply don a sheet and burn a cross, although I wouldn;t be surprised if they weren't members of their local Klaverns already!

Posted by: keeleymatt1 | January 14, 2011 12:56 AM

Post Leadership??? I have read this writers column before, but I never spent much time reading the column title. I noticed the subject matter, and commented. BUT, you have to be kidding me, this is a column on leadership??? You are trying to say that this liberal is a leader and this conservative is not. Do you remember the Gates affair? Do you remember the taking of e-mail addresses? Do you remember the campaign promises of transparency? Do you remember the campaign promises not to use private money for campaigns? Do you remember the bribes to pass government legislation? Do you remember the promise to name names of who was putting budget busting earmarks into bills and the promise to veto them? Do you remember the lying about not being in the church for twenty years when Rev. Wright preached racial hatred? Do you remember his Justice department overturning the conviction of the Black Panthers? Do you remember him promising that every penny of the bailout package would be accounted for? We understand every penny cant be accounted for, but hundreds of millions. Do you remember him condemning Bush for Guantanamo Bay, and claiming he would close it his first year? Do you remember him saying that Afghanistan was the war we should be fighting and we would be out of Iraq in one year? Now Afghanistan is the wrong war as well. This is a crazy way to describe leadership.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | January 14, 2011 12:31 AM

I am really tired of the "Sarah" subject. She is not worthy of this conversation.

Posted by: sharronkm

---excellent point, it makes you wonder why leftist and dems keep bringing Sarah up ?
You watch Oberman, MSNBC, the "ED" show and all you see is Sarah this and Sarah that.You see this reporter in this column and writers on the left like Krugman do the same thing over and over.. Why ? because they need the attention, they need to victimize someone. Palin had nothing to do with the shooting yet the Odumites are throwing "sarah" parties. Truly a bunch of opportunists and users.

Posted by: snapplecat07 | January 14, 2011 12:25 AM

50eagle,

Oops, I forgot, you said to keep the change. I would be remiss if I didn't return 2 cents for your opinion. I think maybe I'm overpaying but that's capitalism. Adios

Posted by: arkadie77 | January 14, 2011 12:21 AM

Sarah did not invite herself to this conversation. The lame stream media blamed her for murder. It does not take too much intelligence to figure that out. She has a responsibility to defend herself and her family from such insults. Most of these pencil neck, feminine shrill male or shriveled skanky female reporters would not repeat their words in front of her, or her husband for fear of getting their skinny or fat behinds kicked. I do not have to be nice like her!!!

Posted by: 1bmffwb | January 14, 2011 12:18 AM

Palin spent eight minutes defending herself against allegations that she motivated a psychotic killer. That was her sole intention. Obama held a campaign speech at a memorial service. Both statements are accurate, you judge which was appropriate. The people at the service may have been supporters and like the President, but I as a citizen do not feel it was the proper venue for such demonstrations. He could have called on the crowd to hold back cheers and applause until an appropriate time.

Posted by: 1bmffwb | January 14, 2011 12:12 AM

Obama gave a healing speech last night. Sarah did not issue a healing statement. Why she was doing this on the day of his speech, as President of the United States of America, is questionable. And I also wonder why we are STILL talking about this. Whether you like it or not, Obama is President -- Sarah is a reality show/media celebrity. Why would we even compare the two messages? I agree with Barbara Bush: I wish she would stay in Alaska. I am really tired of the "Sarah" subject. She is not worthy of this conversation.

Posted by: sharronkm | January 14, 2011 12:08 AM

Obama gave a healing speech last night. Sarah did not issue a healing statement. Why she was doing this on the day of his speech, as President of the United States of America, is questionable. And I also wonder why we are STILL talking about this. Whether you like it or not, Obama is President -- Sarah is a reality show/media celebrity. Why would we even compare the two messages? I agree with Barbara Bush: I wish she would stay in Alaska. I am really tired of the "Sarah" subject. She is not worthy of this conversation.

Posted by: sharronkm | January 14, 2011 12:07 AM

It's sad that events like this could be seen as opportunities for partisan rancor at all. Although I was young when 9/11 happened, as best I can remember there was no finger pointing within the country, but rather an iron resolve to unite behind our leaders to defend our freedoms. Now, a mere 9 years later, we seem to have abandoned that sort of attitude. If we see the label "American" as less important than "Democrat" or "Republican," then we've lost sight of the very value of our nation--a place where different ideas can co-exist, even as rivals, without threatening our liberty or security. It's sad that the media would place this at Palin's doorstep, but it's equally sad that someone who wants to be a national leader would place self-defense over the needs of the nation. Winston Churchill was criticized during WWII; it was far better that he spoke to the British people of their greatness than argued in defense of his policies. Obama, like Churchill, charted the proper course.

Posted by: Henry_Hancock | January 13, 2011 11:47 PM

50eagle , sorry I couldn't get back to you sooner. I was helping my 3rd grader with his Spanish lesson for tomorrow. The algebra took so long I had to put him to bed before we finished. You know, I looked at your last comment and I see someone who was either home schooled or Catholic. The other option is you read Ayn Rand when you were 13 and like Rand Paul and Ron Johnson quite literally never progressed from there. Thirteen year olds are pretty much me, me, me. I'm guessing 50 means you were born in 1950 when Rand was actually somebody, you're an acolyte for a time that doesn't exist anymore. I've been to Soviet Russia moron, and if you believe for one minute that America under Obama is the equivalent, you were home schooled by rush limbballs. By the way, I never saw the inside of a public school until law school and my 3rd grader can write in 3 languages which are 3 more than you.

Posted by: arkadie77 | January 13, 2011 11:42 PM

Honestly, SnappleCat, you sound really dingy. Cut out the baloney and try to write english please.

Posted by: larry9

----wow, another really substantive comment by a obamite worshipper. Any more comments like yours and I truly woudnt be able to respond. How does one respond to "nothing"?

Posted by: snapplecat07 | January 13, 2011 11:31 PM

Charlietuna6661> Your comments offend decent people no matter what their political beliefs.

Posted by: snout | January 13, 2011 11:20 PM

It is astonishing to read the word "leaders" and the words "Sarah Palin" in contiguous sentences in this piece. Sarah Palin is not a leader. Sarah Palin quit her job as governor of the great state of Alaska. The quitter ex-governor, along with her handlers, excel at getting press but the fact remains that she is a quitter. The Republican party has many members who are true leaders, just as the Democratic party does, but Sarah Palin fails the sniff test for leaders of any stripe in the United States of America.

Posted by: ceblakeney | January 13, 2011 11:19 PM

Honestly, SnappleCat, you sound really dingy. Cut out the baloney and try to write english please.

Posted by: larry9 | January 13, 2011 11:10 PM

jandcgall1 wrote:The juxtaposition I find most hilarious is Palin “refudiating” herself: from one side of her mouth she preaches to high heaven about the freedom of speech; from the other side of her mouth she harshly condemns her critics and accuses them of “blood libel.”

Libel is one of the few restrictions on freedom of speech recognized by the courts.

So, let me get this straight:

Freedom of speech for Palin and her supporters.

No freedom of speech for Palin critics.

--Jand, yr making ZERO sense here. If it is libel, then no your not allowed to speak as you wish, if it is not libel, then there is no restriction. You and yr other obamaheads need to prove whether it is libel or not. We dont need a re-stating of what we already know about what libel is. Palin claims its libel, is it ? thats the point people can debate.Yr post makes no sense.

Posted by: snapplecat07 | January 13, 2011 11:03 PM

The juxtaposition I find most hilarious is Palin “refudiating” herself: from one side of her mouth she preaches to high heaven about the freedom of speech; from the other side of her mouth she harshly condemns her critics and accuses them of “blood libel.”

Libel is one of the few restrictions on freedom of speech recognized by the courts.

So, let me get this straight:

Freedom of speech for Palin and her supporters.

No freedom of speech for Palin critics.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t some of the provisions of the Bill of Rights to ensure the people’s right to criticize our government (even former government officials) without reprisal?

Palin is so fond of touting the glories of our Constitution—but it seems she wants to strategically apply it to a select few.

Posted by: jandcgall1 | January 13, 2011 10:49 PM

NonneckMD wrote: "Come on,President Obama is a scholar."

Are you kidding me??

Have we seen his grades or how he gained admission to the Universities he attended?

He gave a few night lectures at University of Chicago where he discussed the" flaws" within our Constitution. Very leftist viewpoints.

That makes him a scholar?

Posted by: thinker16 | January 13, 2011 10:47 PM

Charlietuna: And just what kind of MOTHER did YOU have to raise an IMBECILE such as yourself???
Call the president what you will while you sit anonymously at your keyboard ...there are MILLIONS of "half-breeds", as you call them. What are you gonna do about it? I've got a good idea...take your backward, ignorant a** to some desert island so we don't have to be bothered by THE LIKES OF YOU!!!
YOU SAY THE PRESIDENT HAS NEVER HAD A real JOB...IT'S QUITE OBVIOUS THAT BEING EDUCATED DOESN'T RUN IN YOUR FAMILY, SO YOU WOULD PLACE NO IMPORTANCE ON A COLLEGE EDUCATION ANYWAY!!!
As far as the president smoking, he quit 10 months ago, but your boy Boehner came right out and said that he has no intention of quitting.
And last...but not least...the president plays basketball because he enjoys it and it keeps him fit, something I'd BET your ignorant a** IS NOT!!!

Posted by: slamming | January 13, 2011 10:40 PM

Only the liberal media identifies Palin as a "leader" as a means to denigrate and demonize the conservative right. She is no leader of the conservative right, and has a snowball's chance in hell of becoming a nominee for the Presidency.

Posted by: northvajim1 | January 13, 2011 10:27 PM

It seems plain silly to suppose that Palin may be the gooper candidate facing Obama in two years. Snowballs in very hot places have better chances. Why is it so difficult to ignore this woman?

Posted by: rwcole | January 13, 2011 10:27 PM

Obama sends Dems and media buddies to attack, attack, attack for 5 days.
Obama flies in says : Be nice.
Now, we are all supposed to forget the 5 days of the Obama attack machine and believe Obama is a nice guy taking the high road.
Not born yesterday.

Posted by: jfv123 | January 13, 2011 10:15 PM

Why is Palin, a half term governor and a failed vice presidential candidate, put side by side with President Obama in a news story about leadership style?

Posted by: peggyjohnsonmusic | January 13, 2011 10:10 PM

Why is Palin, a half term governor and a failed vice presidential candidate, put side by side with President Obama in a news story about leadership style?

Posted by: peggyjohnsonmusic | January 13, 2011 10:10 PM

An absolutely disgusting display last night. It was supposed to be a solemn memorial for murdered victims and it turned into a pep rally for Obama's 2012 campaign. He should have called out and reprimanded his surrogates who "manufactured a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn" by name. Clarence Dupnik, NBC, CBS, ABC, Washington Post, New York Times, Paul Krugman and on and on. I think the response of the liberal media in general and liberal media personalities to this tragedy opened up a lot of previously unopened eyes as to the total villainy that is liberalism in our time.

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Wow, you must have watched our decent President with a forked-eye, because I think he did a wonderful job last night. If the citizens who were there felt love for him and showed it, tough toenails to you and those like you.
As for the "liberal" media that you halfwits like to whine about, you don't know what the heck you are talking about. The media responds in the way it will and since you feel the "conservative" media is always right and never lowers itself to pimp people like Palin, the loony Beck and egodriven O'Reilly, maybe it's you who are wrong.
You screwballs really have to dig deep to come up with your idiotic complaints about everything our nation's President says or does. I know it kills you that a black family lives in the White House, but you'll just have to adject you intolerance level to live with it. God Bless our President and may He keep him safe from the Republican killers. fritz

Posted by: papafritz571 | January 13, 2011 10:09 PM

Sarah Failin shows her stuff once again.

And again she gets it wrong. Blame the media? Of course! The media had the courage to ask her REAL questions and she failed in real time.

Sarah will never be President because she never accepts PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY for her erros.

Posted by: Freethotlib | January 13, 2011 10:05 PM

To "fastaire" I note that you had nothing to say about FOX, Beck, Limbaugh, Savage, Coulter, Hannity, O'Reilly etc. and that says everything about YOU!!

I suppose you view Beck's constant attacks on the Tides Foundation as justified because Tides is "liberal". What if the it was the folks at Tides that had been massacred by a man that was going there to do just that because he believed Beck? Would you be LOUDLY proclaiming Beck innocent, not an inciter of violence with his constant rants? Probably! You are a biased speaker, as full of BS and hate as Beck and Fox.

Posted by: Freethotlib | January 13, 2011 10:00 PM

An absolutely disgusting display last night. It was supposed to be a solemn memorial for murdered victims and it turned into a pep rally for Obama's 2012 campaign. He should have called out and reprimanded his surrogates who "manufactured a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence they purport to condemn" by name. Clarence Dupnik, NBC, CBS, ABC, Washington Post, New York Times, Paul Krugman and on and on. I think the response of the liberal media in general and liberal media personalities to this tragedy opened up a lot of previously unopened eyes as to the total villainy that is liberalism in our time.

Posted by: fastaire | January 13, 2011 9:37 PM

Palin has shown the world more times than I count that even during times of peace, she is NO Leader, and it's because of the fact that she is the number one person stirring up the anger, bitterness, vitriol, tension, and hate in everyone.

I personally, do NOT need a leader who constantly has me on angry and on edge every freaking day of the week, searching for a pill or two to take, or an alcoholic beverage just so I can maintain a level of sanity and calm down my nerves.

Her speech has nothing to do with any of it. She is just not presidential material, nor can she LEAD the free world and the sooner she and her rabid supporters come to that realization the better off "we" will all be.

Let her continue leading the radicals and Extremist on the Far-Right, but she cannot lead us Moderates, Centrist, and Liberals anywhere, except maybe to a psycho ward.

It is what is.

Posted by: lcarter0311 | January 13, 2011 8:53 PM

For everyone who is attacking Sara Palin what does this really say about you that you are so insecure about yourself that you let her get under your skin. Sara is just one end of the spectrum. If so many people did not react to her opinion by spitting venom she would not have the attention of a nation. You have built her up from nothing. If you stopped attacking her she would simply disappear.

Posted by: torope | January 13, 2011 8:53 PM

You can't point to a person's violent criminal act and say that it is absolutely, completely, totally uninfluenced by anything whatsoever but that person's evil intent, then turn around and decry morally corrupting influences on society because it leads to people doing bad things.

Well, you CAN, but it doesn't add up.

Posted by: di89 | January 13, 2011 8:52 PM

Obama could learn from Palin? ExGov and quitter Palin reads from a script, a teleprompt, her hands, pieces of crib notes, whatever. Her message was READ, not memorized. Otherwise all she does is dribble on and on with patriotic themes because she can't think of anything else intelligent to say. Listen all you Palin lovers, the only thing democrats are afraid of when it comes to Palin is that some of you think this loser is capable of being President. President Obama has been under withering criticism from the first day he took office. President Bush also took on withering criticism. Palin gets her panties all bunched up with the least bit of criticism she gets and jumps on FB or tweets to defend herself. What the hell kind of leader do you really think she will make when Katie Curic puts her in a panic? A curse on John McCain for bringing this lunatic out.

Posted by: jfoster13 | January 13, 2011 8:50 PM

I am sure everyone of you have known someone who perpetually plays the victim. They are someone you do not want to be around after awhile. At first maybe you buy into the woe is me line but after a time, you would do anything to avoid this person. Sarah Palin is treading on very thin ice. It is becoming incresingly easy to bait her and that is what is going to happen, because she cannot let ONE single thing, criticism, whatever go by -- not one. Yes, she will always have an ardent following, but she is fast losing ground with regular Republicans and Independents. Whining and narcissim are not attractive qualities in anybody, much less a wannabe leader.

Posted by: Sandydayl | January 13, 2011 8:42 PM

palin, a leader? now there is a joke, just like her, only she's a bad joke.
I'm not sure which is worse, that shrilly voice or the garbage that comes out of her piehole. Either way it makes the vomit start to raise in my throat so I have to turn her off as quick as possible. What a piece of work. My fondest hope is for her to be the republican candidate in two years.
Could you just imagine a debate between her and Obama. HA HA HA HA HA

Posted by: sammsammus | January 13, 2011 8:40 PM

Sarah Palin a leader? I will do anything I can to stop her from gaining political office in this country. She is of low selfish character. How dare she use the term "blood libel" whe she is the one who portrays herself as a black leather jacketed, high booted, dominatrix with her dress, and belligerent guns ablazing images. She will do anything to draw attention to herself not matter who it harms. And the sad part is that this shallow narcissist manages to attract weak minded individuals into thinking it is cool to be cruel.

Posted by: maddymappo | January 13, 2011 8:27 PM

I don't think Sarah Palin is doing the conservative movement any favors. A big reason is that I don't think she is seriously considering a run for the Presidency.

Instead, I believe she is simply out to cause a ruckus and make money doing it.

There are many good people who represent conservatism very well and do it without the denigrating rhetoric.

Sarah is only in it for Sarah, and her video shows that.

Posted by: colonelpanic | January 13, 2011 8:25 PM

Another typical libo dump on SP. Perhaps the left would have felt a little better is she had taken full and complete responsibility for what happened and threw herself on the tender mercies of the wild right.

Posted by: texas234 | January 13, 2011 7:51 PM

It is an insult to the American voter to compare these two individuals as "leaders". Palin is just a bomb-thrower, no better; President Obama is actually a leader and a great American. To those who on this board who rag on the President endlessly, it is obvious that your only interest is throwing insults and picking fights, you're not interested in helping our country in this time of crisis. Your snarky words speak for themselves, you just look and sound terrible and clearly nobody is going to take your group seriously as leadership material.

Posted by: larry9 | January 13, 2011 7:51 PM

Well said, Jenna McGregor.

Given the opportunity for President Obama and Mrs. Palin to speak from the heart, it is interesting to study what each of them found there.

Posted by: roboturkey | January 13, 2011 7:41 PM

Boy you libs sure have your pants in a twist. Palin really gets your blood boilin'. LOVE IT!! Libs have been demonizing conservatives for years, with expletives that were threatening, abusive, vile and were as far from "...bringing us together" as could be. And they're still at it, can't help themselves. We as conservatives will continue on, stopping the liberal/progressive destruction of this country both economically and politcally and the name-calling from the libs will slide off like the rain. Let the new congress start taking care of business and we will see you libs in 2012.

Posted by: hms100 | January 13, 2011 7:33 PM

..only the Post and Sarah Palin think she belongs in the same paragraph as our President. Please stop indulging her fantasy that she is a "leader". Your extensive coverage of her is beginning to look downright silly.

Posted by: msichane | January 13, 2011 7:28 PM

Palin and NO-BAMA are two dopes.

Posted by: Classic60 | January 13, 2011 7:23 PM

“If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun,” Obama, Phila 2008

yeah,Odummer peaceful as a thug, at least if Palin brings a knife or gun, she'll know how to use one. Odummy will first have to read the directions for the knife and then look down the barrel to see if the gun is loaded.

Posted by: snapplecat07 | January 13, 2011 7:23 PM

you lost me when you referred to Palin as a leader...didn't even finish reading bye bye now

Posted by: mimo1 | January 13, 2011 7:22 PM

Sarah Palin as a leader? You are joking, right?

We saw her leadership when she resigned as governor of Alaska just as the assembly opened three ethics violation investigations into Ms. Palin's "leadership" style. Something about misuse of state funds.

I guess that is what right-wingers call leadership. Tom DeLay, Duke Cunningham and Jack Abramoff would be good right-wing leaders, then.

Sarah Palin is a disaster for the right-wing and the United States. She is in it for the money, but then so are most GOP politicians. Right Bill Frist?

Posted by: PoliticalPrisoner2012 | January 13, 2011 7:19 PM

Palin a "leader"?? Not in my eyes.
Perhaps to a bunch of hate-mongering ignorant fools.

Posted by: Gary12 | January 13, 2011 7:15 PM

Jenna's supposed "impartial" opin is typical leftist drivel.

Bama , the one, the chosen vs Palin the evil the uneducated.

Sorry but that "Obama, the savior""he will lead us out of the wilderness" poppycot gets old after 2 years of partisan thuggery in the white house. After the mid terms slapped Odummy upside the head, you'd think his followers would knock it off with the messiah complex, but go figure. The Obama worshippers are still fainting out there albeit in fewer numbers.I'll have to place Jena's sad piece in the archives with Chris matthews
"tingle" up my leg.
I also only read about 50% of Jena's psalm because it was an obvious "Obama" religious worship piece rather then any form of new objective writing.

Posted by: snapplecat07 | January 13, 2011 7:07 PM

Dear "No-Bama":
His name is President Barack Hussein Obama, to you, regardless as to whether you like it or not. He is THE president of both you, your ilk, and the intellectually bereft half-governor that you obviously fantasize about becoming president. In case you haven't heard, she is already president of her Facebook/Twitter following--which is all the further she is going politically.

BTW, President Obama wrote his own speech.

Posted by: mjgrooms | January 13, 2011 6:52 PM

Palin isn't interested in being a leader but being a provocateur, a flame-thrower, a lightning rod to attract controversy and attention. The disturbing thing about this is that she has a base of supporter who are oblivious to her motives.

Posted by: drlatham22 | January 13, 2011 6:48 PM

The Washington Post's use of the word 'leader' to describe Palin is a blatant misuse of the word. Rabble rouser is far more apt.

Posted by: rosemeadoil | January 13, 2011 6:48 PM

Sarah Palin cannot excuse her character, of which the incitement of violence is an intrinsic part.

It doesn't matter whether causality, beyond a reasonable doubt, can be established here between Jared Loughner and the rhetoric of Gov. Palin (or the candidates she supports).

What matters is that Gov. Palin willfully employs violent language and imagery, without regard to its consequences. She has made it abundantly clear that she lacks the sense of basic morality we should require of our leaders.

Posted by: Itzajob | January 13, 2011 6:45 PM

"...not one of you idiots here had every heard the word Blood Libel"--Cobra2

I can say with near certainty Palin was never aware the term existed until staff prepared her woeful speech.

Posted by: JohnDebba | January 13, 2011 6:41 PM

One's a leader, the other's a loser - in case you haven't figured out which - the leader can understand HIS own speech, while the loser makes up words and can't understand the content of the speech written for her. Why doesn't she just go away - we've all seen waaaaay too much of Sarah Palin.

Posted by: whelms1 | January 13, 2011 6:37 PM

Palin time and again opens mouth and self immolates via words and sometimes meaning.

Posted by: beachbum1938 | January 13, 2011 6:26 PM

charlietuna6661: Whatever Obama's upbringing he graduated from one of the best law schools in the country and has gone on to hold the highest office in the land. He is married and has two wonderful children. Obama's accomplishments are many and he has truly lived the "American dream".

I'm not sure what the right's obsession with Palin is. If she wasn't cute, if she didn't represent that mean girl cheerleader, perhaps people like you, Charlie, would dismiss her for the political light weight she really is. 5 colleges for a journalism degree, mayor of a very small town that she left in the hole, quitting after two years as governor to tweet and facebook, and kids who are out of control. There is no way this type of person should be considered a presidential candidate. And I can't understand why people continue to act as if she is.

Posted by: wmwilliams14 | January 13, 2011 6:06 PM

Everyone in the White House is breathlessly hoping and praying that the death of a 9-year-old girl will boost Obama's poll ratings.

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Name one, my sick friend.

Posted by: sr31 | January 13, 2011 6:05 PM

John McCain what say you?

Posted by: whocares666 | January 13, 2011 5:57 PM

For everyone who believes the Repubs are the former KKK; they have a new name now; Council of Conservative Citizens (CoCC). These folks meet on a regular basis and have very clear objectives. Google this organization and you will see that hate is brewing in America. GOD help us all!

Posted by: TruCherryHillNJ | January 13, 2011 5:55 PM

Who was the other leader? I mean we heard from Obama, but who else? Surely, you can't include Sarah Palin in that category--with a straight face anyway.

Posted by: PepperDr | January 13, 2011 5:55 PM

The fist sentence in the article contains a gross error. Palin is not a leader. She's brainless and resigned before she even finished half of her term. That is not leadership.
It's hard to contain the disgust I have for her and her thoughtless diatribes.

Posted by: wdalton1us | January 13, 2011 5:49 PM

hey 50eagle;
You sound like an half-wit cracker. After generations of inbreeding, I'm afraid no educational system would have helped you.
just sayin,
mike

Posted by: michael5 | January 13, 2011 5:48 PM

I'll never understand why liberals are so scared of Palin. Sad, really. Maybe if they actually got out more...maybe "talked" to a girl. Ah well.

Posted by: luca_20009 | January 13, 2011 5:48 PM

Sara Palin is not a leader. She ia a wanna be leader who can't even lead herself in the right direction.

Posted by: changeisconstant | January 13, 2011 5:47 PM

President Obama gave an outstanding and much needed speech last night in an effort to begin the healing process of the country. Sarah Palin is not a leader but a quitter as she did not serve out her term as govenor of Alaska. In order for Sarah Palin to learn anything from anyone she must first admit that she knows very little if anything and that will never happen!

Posted by: TruCherryHillNJ | January 13, 2011 5:43 PM

I'm curious: given the opportunity, would a poster like "Charlietuna" have the courage to look the President (or any other person) in the eye and make such accusations . . . well . . . ? No, I didn't think so. We are ALL Americans and it's time we started treating each other that way again. If you don't have respect for your fellow human beings, then you have no business posting here.

Posted by: djackson1 | January 13, 2011 5:40 PM

The crux of Ms. Palin's problem arises from a misplaced sense of moral authority (hers).

Having accomplished little of importance to justify the limelight she so clearly craves -- let alone suggest her qualifications for high political office (any, least of all the Presidency) -- she reaches for the apocryphal, if not mythological, mantle of an American Revolutionary leader. This is the wellspring of her proto-American Revolutionary military quips like, "don't retreat, reload ...", among other solipsistic syllogisms; spoken as if she commanded a modern-day Continental Army line-of-battle against King Barack I's invading Redcoats (or are they Bluecoats?). After all, whatever else they do, her troops must load, reload and not retreat if they are to take their country back (from those invisible invaders who stole it right out from under them in the dead of night while they were playing "Monster Truck Rally" or watching "Keeping Up With The Kardashians" on TV ...). If they retreat, how is she to become the leader in this 2nd American Revolution (or "Reconquest"), a modern-day George Washington?

What else can she do? Stay home and bake cookies and have teas? Without touching this effervescent American Revolutionary lodestone (the Usual Suspects: tri-corner hats; Sons of Liberty; Yankee Doodle Dandy; Valley Forge; Betsy Ross and her 13 star-&-stripe flag; and, of course, that little December 26 surprise at Trenton) what other source of moral authority does she possess? Hence her accusation that a "blood libel" had been committed against her; her protest against a perceived act of lèse majesté (and not a transmogrification of its historic anti-Semitic context, at least one hopes).

Posted by: hogsmile | January 13, 2011 5:38 PM

These liars trying to take heat off Palin by claiming that a "Liberal" shot a liberal, are both ridiculous and offensive.

From LA Times yesterday;

"But experts said that several oft-repeated phrases and concepts — his fixation on grammar conspiracies, currency and the "second United States Constitution" — seem derived from concepts explored with regularity among elements of the far right."

Then you have the fact that Giffords was threatened and her office vandalized, after she voted for Health Care Reform last March. As were numerous other Democrats, including Pelosi. According to Fox/Tea, these were all "liberals" attacking liberals. Not anyone from their violent thuggery that crashed the health care town halls in 2009, bullying and carrying guns.

They expect you to suspend all logic and common sense, exactly like the OJ Simpson defense team did.

Here is the link for the one convicted of threatening Pelosi. This creep is not a liberal. Liberals celebrated the passage of HCR, after battling for it literally since Truman. It is obvious who's camp he is in;

http://bit.ly/eER38X

Posted by: RField7 | January 13, 2011 5:33 PM

In Sarah land its all about Sarah all of the time and nothing else matters. She seems to think that somehow SHE is the victim here. I think the friends and families of the 6 dead and 14 wounded would beg to differ.

Posted by: MarcMyWords | January 13, 2011 5:32 PM

To Hazmatt: 30,000 people were killed in the United States by guns last year, MANY of them children. Still don't see a national crisis, or this just background noise for you?

Posted by: djackson1 | January 13, 2011 5:31 PM


Dear ARKADIE7, With posts coming from you like this:

"We don't need a lesson in high school history from the likes of you. The KKK you mentioned crawled back under a rock in the 60s and reemerged as republicans and most recently as teabaggers. The only thing you know about the snowbilly is what you've seen on TV and as for judging the rest of us, you've got nothing to go on. You don't want to progress, fine. Things were much much better in 1930, right???? I suggest you and Charlietuna go back out to the stump and take another hit of moonshine before either of you try to tangle with people you can't handle intellectually."

I don’t need to worry about the future of our country with mental midgets like yourself on the side of the collectivists. Keep promoting collectivism under your false notion of ‘progress’. Sounds like you are part of those 8th grade educated folks that suffered a ‘education’ (indoctrination) in another wonderful taxpayer funded, government created, failing experiment we know as “Public Schools”

Keep the change.

Posted by: 50Eagle | January 13, 2011 5:29 PM

"You guys need to get off of moveon.stupid and huffnpuffpost. Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2"

LOL Do you have any idea how you come across? Do you have any idea how your words will only reinforce these people's convictions? After all, if you can foolishly rant like a 3 year old, I HAVE TO be on the other side of the argument! I simply refuse to side with anyone who presents as ignorantly as you.

Posted by: FredEvil | January 13, 2011 5:28 PM

What Palin was saying is that the media is mostly controlled by the Jews and they are out there to harm the good Christian woman that she is. You guys need to wake up before the country plunges into the hands of extremists like Palin.

Posted by: DesiHungama | January 13, 2011 5:28 PM

From what I have seen of ex-Gov Palin, my deepest fear (based on her facile demagoguery and evident lack of imagination) is that she might be anywhere near the nuclear button.

Posted by: jprfrog | January 13, 2011 5:25 PM

@Cobra2:

some of us conservatives also think that Palin is a shallow, petty, lightweight, nasty, completely uninspiring excuse for someone who wants to cast herself as a leader in the legend that is in her own mind.

grow up.

act like something more than a partisan guttersnipe, you represent all the worst traits of America and none of its strengths with your shallow vitriol.

Posted by: fendertweed | January 13, 2011 5:20 PM

Just like the word Macaca that George Allen used, not one of you idiots here had every heard the word Blood Libel. Just another in a long line of false outrage issues from Liberals. The Liberal Media will use this BS to trump up their base. You guys need to get off of moveon.stupid and huffnpuffpost. Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | January 13, 2011 5:12 PM

I take offense to the author of this article on "two distinct portraits of two very different leaders" I don't consider Palin a "leader" of anything except possibly on a moose hunt...I am independent and there are a number of great republicans out there and democrats that can lead this country...The Palins, Hannity, that fat guy on the radio Limberger cheese can use the free speech all they want...but its up to the sane and responsible people to make the right choices for this country

Posted by: ws50599 | January 13, 2011 5:07 PM

Not a big fan of Sara Palin but the Left started their attacks against her on day one. The Liberal press rushed off to Alaska to dig up any dirt they could find. I find it disgraceful that NOW has not come out and defended her for these attacks. Just like all Politicians, they will miss-speak from time to time but the Liberal press will not hold the left to the same standards. Liberals always get a pass when they make racist remarks such as what Howard Dean said while speaking in front of African Americans, "Republicans could not get this many African Americans in a room unless they invited the cleaning crew". For that the Liberal press gave him a pass. Harry Reids comment about Obama's non-Negro Dialect was given a pass by the Liberal media. The hate comes from the left as evidenced above. Not one of you has ever met Palin but you sure seem to know allot about her. I sure wish we knew more about Obama. The media in this country is all but dead and the Washington Post and NY Slimes are leading the way. It’s a shame that the Lunatic in Tucson did not try and approach Palin as he would have a bullet between his eyes. You Liberals just laughed yourself to sleep when David Letterman made his remarks about one of the Palin Children getting assaulted by Arod. You were perfectly ok with that over the top rhetoric. But let someone say anything about your beloved Liberals and OMG, the world is falling. Liberals Suck!

Posted by: Cobra2 | January 13, 2011 5:07 PM

President Obama does extremely well when speaking at the collegiate level and above. So, the setting for the Memorial was a perfect setting for him. They understood and responded positively to his message.

Given that 50% of American adults are reading at or below an 8th grade reading level, the President has challenges when trying to communicate with that demographic.

If his speech targets the average American, the speech seems too empty for the intellectual. If his speech targets the intellectual, the speech seems too lofty for the average American.

Last night, the President hit a home-run! His speech wasn't too lofty or cerebral. He hit the right pitch!

Posted by: Circa2012 | January 13, 2011 5:03 PM

Everyone in the White House is breathlessly hoping and praying that the death of a 9-year-old girl will boost Obama's poll ratings.

Posted by: NoWayNotNow | January 13, 2011 5:03 PM

What an absurd comparison. Obama went to Tucson to deliver the Presidential speech after a national tragedy. By all accounts, he did well. Nobody blamed him. Generally people didn't try to tie him to this event.

Sarah Palin on the other hand was the victim of repugnant allegations pretty much blaming her for the acts of a deranged lunatic who never tied himself to her or the Tea Party movement.

That the assumption was incorrect didn't stop hoards of people from using this tragedy to vent their own hatred with her as the target.

She had every right, a duty in fact, to dispel these scurrilous accusations in the harshest language. The press and millions of Americans should be outright embarrassed about their factual inaccuracy and hate-language (that was antithetical to the content thrust of Obama's speech, btw). I'm not holding my breath. Even today, after a greater understanding has emerged about the perpetrator's mental illness, angry people are dieseling on with their utterly baseless charges against Ms. Palin.

This article is based on a fabricated and false premise.

BTW: Too many people on these threads name-call. They usually use a twisted derivation of the name of the person they are attacking -- providing copious proof that mindless hateful drivel flows from both sides of the aisle. The pejoratives are never as clever as the implied authors' pride would indicate.

Would that people took a breath and actually listened to Obama's and Boehner's recent speeches.

Posted by: dogwolf | January 13, 2011 5:02 PM

Sarah Palin needs to get her grammar right. She bangs on about a 'blood libel' when she really means a 'blood slander' Libel is the written word, slander is the spoken word. However, what can be expected from a person who talks about the country of Africa!!

Posted by: bregenz | January 13, 2011 5:00 PM

"...Sarah Palin, who after four days of staying mostly quiet as critics blamed her rhetoric, in part, for the shootings--a claim that has not proven to be true..."

No. And you won't be able to. But just as the Pope was not one of the priests who molested young boys, he was complicit in the on-going molestations of boys by delaying action to report and stop the bad priests.

So Palin is complicit in the murders that took place. She is one of those who by her words urged on and egged on those prone to violence to an actual violent act. Does she understand that behind those who killed Jews because of false charges were those who urged on the killers, who fed them mis-information, mis-representations. No doubt many of those manipulators of the killing crowds felt perfectly justified in what they said, were full of the confidence in their rightousness and rightness. So Palin.

She did not pull the trigger. But her own actions egg on those who will.

Posted by: amelia45 | January 13, 2011 4:55 PM

I'm amazed you could even pull these two events into the same discussion. Your alleged diatribe is suppose to be about 'leadership'.. NOTHING that has come out of the half-term EX-governor's mouth has been about ANY kind of leadership - it's only been about her and hate.

Since what you're trying to write about and the half-term EX-Governor's hate-speech are mutually exclusive, I reject ALL of your diatribe. And other people that are trying to stay on a higher course than being reduced to your supposed level of reasoning should do the same.

Posted by: rbaldwin2 | January 13, 2011 4:52 PM

There are a number of delusional people posting here and they know who they are. They think down is up, dumb is smart and being a quitter is a good thing. The fact that they put the word "leader" and "Palin" in the same thought is unbelievable! She leads no one. She is a quitter and those of you that think she has a snowball chance in "heck" of being the Prez of THESE United States, stop playin! Y'all just effin crazee!

Posted by: SumHaveSaid | January 13, 2011 4:52 PM

50 eagle,
We don't need a lesson in high school history from the likes of you. The KKK you mentioned crawled back under a rock in the 60s and reemerged as republicans and most recently as teabaggers. The only thing you know about the snowbilly is what you've seen on TV and as for judging the rest of us, you've got nothing to go on. You don't want to progress, fine. Things were much much better in 1930, right???? I suggest you and Charlietuna go back out to the stump and take another hit of moonshine before either of you try to tangle with people you can't handle intellectually.

Posted by: arkadie7 | January 13, 2011 4:50 PM

Adding to 50Eagle's post:

The late Senators Robert Byrd (D) and Albert Gore Sr. (D) were major players in the filibuster against the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The late Senator Edward Kennedy (D) was responsible for the death of Mary Jo Kopechne. Nice people, one and all.

Posted by: qoph | January 13, 2011 4:44 PM

Palin suffers the same disease as many of her Right Wing cohorts in America: the Jesus-persecution complex.

Just as Jesus was persecuted and killed by his Jewish tormentors (politically incorrect as it is to say), Conservative Christians claim to be always under persecution by the "Liberal Media".

They can never admit that they have a problem with fear, emotions and fanaticism in their movement. Of course not! Every criticism is the result of the 'Liberal' media persecuting them for being Christians. Hence, they can't admit that bombing abortion clinics is wrong without qualifiers or justifications. They can't admit that racists linger in their midst that blame blacks, illegals or Muslims for all their problems. (No its the media attacking poor geriatric whites who have 'Obama monkey' toys and call black reps 'N*gg*r' as they vote on Health Care. Just as they can't admit that putting crosshairs, talking about 'reloading' and using the 2nd Amendment approach (i.e. guns) to take power is a call to violence.

Everything is the fault of the big bad Liberal media which is out to get them. If not the Libs, its the Muslims, the Illegals, the Black Panthers (and their 8 members (lol)) that are after them.

Palin will never admit that she is doing something wrong. Neither can Robertson, Falwell, Bush, Rush, etc. Everything is someone else's fault and she is a victim- just like her saviour Jesus was!
What can you do- you can't reason with fanatics with persecution fantasies.

Posted by: akhtarman | January 13, 2011 4:43 PM

Jena McGregor... as you yourself said, comparing their roles and speeches was not a fair comparison. But you've missed an even bigger point. Even though a Federal Judge and 5 other people were killed, and Congresswoman Gillbride seriously injured, the Phoenix shooting is NOT a National Crisis.

It is a tragic event, but falls far short of presenting the nation with a crisis. The attempt by the media to make it into a crisis is a transparent attempt to assist Barak Obama to regain his presidential status.

Regardless of the legal niceties, Jared Loughner, individually and apparently without any political motivation, committed an act of depravity that no sane human being would have done.

So where's the crisis?

Posted by: Hazmat77 | January 13, 2011 4:43 PM

You say it's not fair to compare the two leaders. And then you compare them. Therefore, you are being unfair.

(don't remember seeing typos)

Posted by: qoph | January 13, 2011 4:37 PM

There you go again, throwing around your false accusations because some people don’t march in lock step with the “Progressive” ideology of the past 80 years. Liberty is a much better policy than Tyranny, and all the progressive policies do is stifle individual liberties. Let’s review and correct your revisionist history: the KKK was formed by a bunch of democrats in what was left of the Democrat controlled South in the aftermath of the Democrat formed Confederacy (CSA) that sought to impose tyranny on their fellow humans.

Posted by: 50Eagle | January 13, 2011 4:36 PM

You say it's not fair the two leaders. And then you compare them. Therefor, you are being unfair.

Posted by: qoph | January 13, 2011 4:33 PM

How many "leaders" can you think of who quit their elected position to become a commentator for a cable news organization? Only one. She quit as leader of one of our least populous states and now thinks that she can be the leader of us all. That's a chutzpah the size of Alaska.

Posted by: curtb | January 13, 2011 4:32 PM

barbarafriedland and
A happy Warrior....

Whatg's with you two - and the author of this WAPO screed?

Obama WASN'T attacked by the media and blogosphere as the blame for the shooting. Palin was, quite unfairly as it was based on not one shred of factual evidence. It is quite natural for one to respond to false charges.

Comparing Palin's response to those personally blaming her with Obama's Memorial service speech is nothing more than some partisan driven political agenda.

As the left did for 8+ years of personal insult and denigration of Bush43, this silly continual attempt to demean Palin will fail because she's got more leadership ability than Obama, Biden and Reid combined. Else, why is the organized Left so afraid of her?


Posted by: Hazmat77 | January 13, 2011 4:27 PM

It appears some folks in this line up have a similar character disorder to Sarah Palin. She missed a real opportunity to come clean and apologize for her poor selection of phrases (don't retreat / reload etc); and it's all too apparent she is not a real leader, but instead a hack for the neo con GOP. I do think it's time for us to come together, and for Silly Sarah to drop her grand standing against the "lame stream media" (for which she lives and breaths off of) and take the FOX news gig and forget about running for elected office again; she's out of her league. Obama is a class act; and we need to acknownledge his actions, because they're as profound as his speeches.

Posted by: thegunslinger | January 13, 2011 4:23 PM

There you go again, throwing around your false accusations because some people don’t march in lock step with the “Progressive” ideology of the past 80 years. Organized liberty in a civilized society is a much better policy than Collectivism, and all the progressive policies do is stifle individual liberties. Let’s review and correct your revisionist history: the KKK was formed by a bunch of democrats in what was left of the Democrat controlled South in the aftermath of the Democrat formed Confederacy (CSA) that sought to impose tyranny on their fellow humans.

Posted by: 50Eagle | January 13, 2011 4:21 PM

What a wonderful, inspiring speech by our president. An honor to the victims, to the heroes, and a plea for togetherness and vision for a population united for the common good.

Simply excellent.

Posted by: Justafan | January 13, 2011 4:13 PM

Geeze! 50Eagle ......

I hope that YOU don't own an AK-47 with an extended magazine! Do you own a white sheet with two eye holes?

Posted by: lufrank1 | January 13, 2011 4:09 PM

I haven't read this article yet. I will read it right after I post this comment to see if my prognostication abilities are good. This piece with conclude Palin speech bad. Obama speech inspiring and wonderful. In fact I bet the nonsense I am about to read could have been written before either Palin or Obama made gave their talks to save the writer time. Will I be proven wrong after I read? I don't thinks so. This is the left wing Washington Post.

Posted by: tmonahan54 | January 13, 2011 4:05 PM

Palin almost got it right with her video until she used pundits playing the victim. The president used we in describing the vitriol telling both sides to tone it down. Her advisors did her no favor not acknowledging the harmed (except Christina) and the blood libel defense which should have been a separate video. Sarah had no introspection on her use of poor metaphors, her unsubstantiated attacks, only playing the victim while the president apologized for using enemies. Everyone is aware of her attacks on the president and his wife that never got the same back from the Obama's. Ann Richard's just said she won't run in 2012, too bad McCain did not pick her if he wanted a female running mate.

Posted by: jameschirico | January 13, 2011 4:00 PM

Obama's Speech and his cheerleaders in the audience were both, a disgrace to the killed and wounded. Good to see all these hard left pro Stalin-style society liberals posting all this venom and bile with their attacks on Sarah Palin. Sarah Palin is a better parent, leader, and person than most of the people posting on here. Sarah is definitely a better parent, leader, and person than Milhous.

macacca: is a nonsense word, ergo, it never had any meaning to anyone. A made up meaning by the left, yes.

Americans made a mistake in a moment of misdirection in November of 2008. It will not happen again. God speed 11/6/2012. with assistance from God, the party of the Founders will begin to undo the 80 years of the anti-free society agenda of the progressive/liberal movement, and we will begin to return to a society where life, liberty, property, and truth is sacred. And where being an 'intellectual' is associated with history's intellectuals like Karl Marx and the Anti-Liberty, Pro-Tyranny agenda.

Libs; spell it: L - I - B - E - R - T - Y
What does it mean?
It means Freedom from coercion.
What does coercion mean?
It means: the use of express or implied threats of violence or reprisal (such as fines and loss of what is left of your liberties such as removal from society (jail time)) or other intimidating behavior that puts a person in immediate fear of the consequences in order to compel that person to act against his or her will. Such things that require this are the individual mandate, payroll taxes, income taxes, laws against ‘distracted’ driving, etc.

11/6/2012, here we come.

Posted by: 50Eagle | January 13, 2011 3:56 PM

since when is Sarah Palin a leader of anyone or any political body or any movement except the one that advocates violence?

Posted by: barbarafriedland | January 13, 2011 3:55 PM

I don't this latest incident did anything more than underline the nature of Ms. Palin. She has one gear: forward; one-skill: attack; and one thought: herself. She is the most self-absorbed person I think I've ever seen in public life (and that covers 60+ years of observing some really big egos).

Posted by: AHappyWarrior | January 13, 2011 3:51 PM

The first mistake is to consider Palin a "leader."

Posted by: ilcn | January 13, 2011 3:51 PM

In what sense can Palin be considered a leader? True, she was once a Governor, but at this point in time she's just another tweeter - albeit a well-known one. But a leader? I don't think so and I hope that she never gains the authority to lead. I can find my own way off a cliff.

Posted by: TheDiz | January 13, 2011 3:50 PM

"Palin time and time again has shown that she cares less about governing and more about fuedin' and fightin' with her perceived enemies."

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I am by no means a Sarah Palin fan but it wasn't more than a few hours after the shootings when I saw a talking head bringing up Palin as a possible motive for the attacks. She definitely makes herself an easy target but lets not pretend that there was no politicizing going on. I laugh every time I see either side slams their fists down in indignation about how low the other side has sunk. Both sides are the same. The Democrats have their Sarah Palins who they defend and the Republicans have their Hillary Clintons who they defend. It's ridiculous.

Posted by: ouvan59 | January 13, 2011 3:44 PM

I get it. For four days, the WaPo, NY Times, Krugman, et al tried to lynch Palin. She's supposed to wimper away.

If Palin had wimpered away, the blood libel would have continued. And, yes, that fits, blood libel. There was no connection between Palin and murder, but that blood libel was made repeatedly and relentlessly.

If Palin calls the WaPo's ugly hatred by name, she is villified more.

I'm seeing that Palin is a hateful person because the WaPo hates her.

My friends, that's delusional.

You people are near crazy with hate. It's incredible to observe.

Posted by: Cdgaman | January 13, 2011 3:40 PM

Come on,President Obama is a scholar. Palin, is an ill informed backwoods country bunken! I thought Bush was stupid, but Palin makes W look like a genius! I just wish she would go away. But, what blows my mind is the people that are supporting her. What type of IQ do they have, my God!

Posted by: noneckmd | January 13, 2011 3:40 PM

Oh boy, we can tell by these posts that we have a long way to go to achieve a more civil tone and a fundamental respect for those who see things differently. I for one thought the eulogy by President Obama in Tucson last night was exceptional. I have not heard or seen Sarah Palin's eight minute video in toto, so I will not respond. I have read and heard much of the criticism, but I thought this article seemed to be the fairest analysis of both subjects, but again, I must say that I did not see or hear the Palin piece directly.

Posted by: rschaeffer1 | January 13, 2011 3:34 PM

One more point. No one on the left fears Palin. We revile her for her lack of character, intelligence, grace, fortitude and her skills as parent. I have no fear she will ever be elected to national office. I have no fear that she offers practical solutions, that she has the ability to lead, or that the repugnant GOP will ever embrace her as anything but a cash cow capable of keeping the teabaggers voting red. The only fear I have is for my country and my child's future if the GOP continue to control the agenda.

Posted by: arkadie7 | January 13, 2011 3:31 PM

The day-in,day-out bashing of Sarah Palin is becoming so redundant, so ragged and frayed and worn. When the "Bush did it" banner finally wore out - the "Hate Sarah Palin" banner was unfurled.

Decrying vitriol by spewing vitriol seems to be todays battle cry.

Posted by: inmanorj | January 13, 2011 3:22 PM

Please stop comparing a classy individual and intellectual like Obama to trash like palin.
Posted by: luvleep

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Obama is trash born of a prostitute white mother and a foreign, womanizing black man. Obama is a half breed who admitted smoking weed and doing coke. His black father left him and another man (soetero) brought obama up as a muslim. Obama hides his birth certificate and hides all his college records. Obama has never had a real job or run anything.

Sarah Palin comes from a good family and her Mother and Father are still together. Sarah Palin went to many colleges and her birth certificate and college transcipts are readily available. Sarah Palin has had real jobs and has run a city and a state.

Let's face it: obama is a stupid, low class communist mongrel and Sarah Palin is a decent, conservative, middle class lady who has worked hard and done well for herself and family.

Tell me Bubba: Who is low class? Intellectuals don't smoke and play basketball when they are in their 40's.

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | January 13, 2011 3:17 PM

It is just wrong to put Palin's photo next to President Obama under the banner of "leadership". She resigned from public office after 2 years of service and is a private citizen with no accountability.
President Obama has a record of service and accomplishment and accountability. We need to stop highlighting Palin and feeding into the ill conceived notion that Palin has any relevance.

Posted by: apollof | January 13, 2011 3:11 PM

Sarah Palin has been all but butchered and left for dead by the MSM and the left in this country. After the tragedy in Tuscon, she was downright accused of being liable for the (obviously insane) shooters actions. And without fail, the MSM and the left continue, even after the President asked for civility. If a problem was found with her speech don't forget, she was "deemed guilty" of something that she had nothing to do with, and she released her comments before the President made his speech. Is the obvious hatred coming from the left that hard for their own selves to see? She is an obvious threat to their agenda!

Posted by: ssol4569 | January 13, 2011 3:11 PM

@LETFREEDOMRING2: "Newspapers have an obligation to be balanced and fair."

Indeed, they do. And whatever itches I have to scratch regarding the Washington Post, here I am -- less than enamored of Palin -- right next to you and your defense of her.

Posted by: ewhitfield1 | January 13, 2011 3:05 PM

Palin speaks from the heart.
Posted by: NO-bama | January 13, 2011 12:13 PM

thats not where I see her talking from, closer to the other end of the torso

Posted by: chet_brewer | January 13, 2011 3:00 PM

Please stop comparing a classy individual and intellectual like Obama to trash like palin.

Posted by: luvleep | January 13, 2011 2:59 PM

Sarah Palin displays a real lack of any ability to lead anyone but her excessively bigoted base. She chose instead to post a video that has all the "hidden" codes of fundamentalist anti-Semitism, and, in the same form that the mentally ill perpetrator chose to use. Spew your coded messages out loud, in person, Sarah, or shut up.

Posted by: Sooska | January 13, 2011 2:57 PM

Palin was attacked by the media for days, and she had to respond to the attacks. Obama was not attacked (even though he has used violent analogies: the media lets him get away with it).

Obama's call for civility was his way of attacking Palin and Tea Party types. Why would he have to call for civil behavior if the shooter was himself responsible? The media are pretending that Obama wasn't using the shooting to advance himself politically, but he was doing just that. Obama's goal is to quiet those citizens and politicians who don't like his policies. This is just as bad as when he accused Bill Clinton of being a racist during the democratic primary.

I am amazed that the press bothers to compare Palin to Obama, as if they are in the same position of power. It just shows how afraid they are of Palin.

Posted by: tina5 | January 13, 2011 2:53 PM

The Washington Post has attacked Sarah Palin viciously and unfairly. This gang of elitist left wingers are the reason this paper is so reviled by so many people, almost as much as the dreaded and moribund New York Times. Newspapers have an obligation to be balanced and fair. Only Dr. Krauthammer and George F. Will get it.

McCarthyism was a major factor in a change in feelings about both politics and society. The distrust of the government and the political activism in the 1960’s can be directly attributed to the lessons learned from the McCarthy era.

This hunt for scapegoats is a dark spot on America’s history. People’s lives were ruined. Some committed suicide and some left the country. The national anthem calls this the land of the free. People here are allowed to hold any belief that they want. Joe McCarthy forgot that. All of America forgot that during the Senate hearings, and we are still paying for it today.

Posted by: LETFREEDOMRING2 | January 13, 2011 2:51 PM

To the guy to calls the president "Odumba": As long as there are people like you around I will vote for President Obama, although I don't really think that much of him. I just think a lot less of you.

Posted by: dparks2 | January 13, 2011 2:50 PM

it has been 15 minutes plus TWO years and 6 months give or take since she was thrust upon us, can we PLEASE let her drift to the very back of our memories to accompany the things we forget.

reposting with correction

Posted by: lorac58 | January 13, 2011 2:48 PM

it has been 15 minutes plus one year and 6 months give or take since she was thrust upon us, can we PLEASE let her drift to the very back of our memories to accompany the things we forget.

Posted by: lorac58 | January 13, 2011 2:46 PM

Sarah Palin is as convincing as a voice of reason and reconciliation as her daughter Bristol is as a voice for abstinence.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | January 13, 2011 2:43 PM

It never ceases to amaze me how people actually take this woman seriously as a politician, let alone a candidate for the 2012 U.S. presidential election. If you can't enumerate the titles of three major magazines or your idea of U.S foreign policy experience is your home state's juxtaposition to Russia, how in the world can anyone seriously consider this woman to serve as the chief executive of this country?

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | January 13, 2011 2:35 PM

Make no mistake: Sarah Palin IS NOT nor ever will be a leader! There is no comparison between the message of hope, unity and inspiration that the President delivered last night with dignity, to the simpering, whimpering, self-serving, don't-blame-me-because-I-hate-violence temper tantrum that Sarah Palin delivered yesterday afternoon.

Posted by: bkllal6020 | January 13, 2011 2:22 PM

Palin's response is a typical Palin response. Nothing is ever her fault. The media is to blame for her violent rhetoric and imagery. I'm amazed that a professional victim managed to stretch her 15 minutes this long

Posted by: elle330033 | January 13, 2011 2:20 PM

First, Sarah Palin is no leader. She is a private citizen who happened to serve a half term as Governor of Alaska. I'm still appalled to hear people refer to her as Governor Palin.

Second, instead of rising above her usual rancor and belittling, she resorted to the same old rhetoric. She brought up the past election. So what? She blames the media and pundits for fingerpointing. Yet, this is the same woman who loves to hit below the belt with her misinformation to her small base, and yes, small base. Sarah Palin does not know how to offer sympathy, unless it comes to her. She encourages her base to continue with the vitriolic rhetoric, accusing others of mocking her and her ilk and trying to muzzle free speech. That is the kind of rhetoric that gets already fearful, ignorant riled up. What's more disturbing is the deafening silence of the Republican leaders in congress. They need to keep their constituents ignorant.

You and the rest of the media need to stop asserting that she is leadership material for this country. She is an opportunist who is laughing all the way to the bank. The Republican Party unleashed an unlearned, uninformed and lacking in intellect on this country and made her into some kind of god.

She look furious on her videotape. If the mainstream media would stop going to her facebook page and pulling things off, it would serve this country well.

She is a mean-spirited, narcissistic, egotistical misfit. She is NOT a LEADER.

Posted by: bander2400 | January 13, 2011 2:10 PM

Please tell me who Palin is a leader of.

Posted by: democratus | January 13, 2011 2:08 PM

Palin speaks from the heart.
Posted by: NO-bama | January 13, 2011 12:13 PM
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Um, that's the problem, doofus.

Posted by: bucinka8 | January 13, 2011 2:06 PM

Actions speak louder then words as in a view of Leadership Obama touched and cared for the victims and their families. As he backed the words with action. Sarah stood in front of a camera and read a speech and hasn't reached out to anyone but used the stage to talk about herself as a victim. It was her actions over two years and she wasn't alone but this was a time for healing and supported those Americans suffering. Sarah is called a leader of the Tea Party which show what the group represents. We also got to see the Republican leadership during this crisis as Speaker Boehner turned down the invitation to join the President in Arizona as he had to attend a Lobbyist fund raising party which was more important. Each Party showed us there Leaders and how they would handle the needs of Americans suffering.

Posted by: qqbDEyZW | January 13, 2011 2:01 PM

Memorials are a "celebration of life" for those who have passed. Today's memorial service and funerals are vastly different from what we traditionally think of as memorials - they are not as somber so I wasn't turned off by the tone of the service.

Palin had shown she had no leadership when she quit the job she was elected to do. The more she's on the national scene the more people see just how unqualified she really is, for anything, and it makes me wonder what McCain ever say in her.

Strange that Palin complained since this is the same person who thought it was okay to use her show to say snarky things about the First Lady.

Posted by: rlj1 | January 13, 2011 1:55 PM

Sara Palin owns us as a nation. A simple 8 minute video released in response to many attacks from Media, Politicians, and attention grabbers and an entire nation dissects her video word by word looking for subliminal meaning. We have given Sara more credit than she is due and we need to look elsewhere to find meaning in our lives. The President could not mobilize so many to analyze so little. The media is at fault for giving her too much of an audience and we all need to find lives for ourselves. What occupied our thoughts before Sara's arrival on the National scene. Focus on something else for once.

Posted by: torope | January 13, 2011 1:52 PM

This article is not about Obama or Palin, it's about leadership. I think the point made is very valuable - a leader rises above the fray to look for unifying messages that help heal the population and keep us on track towards a higher goal. One person did that, the other person didn't. These differences in response are clear indicators of who is and is not qualified to handle the responsibilities of higher office.

Posted by: Diamond104 | January 13, 2011 1:50 PM

To the writer - have you ever been to an African American 'home going'?? Once you have, you would correct your racist comment about his speech seeming like a 'pep rally'.

Posted by: anneb93 | January 13, 2011 1:49 PM

Using the word "leader" and "Palin" in the same sentence is hilarious.

Posted by: stheday | January 13, 2011 1:41 PM

Let's please remember that Palin is NOT a leader. She lobs her stink-bomb, numb nutz comments and then runs away, crying like a baby that the press doesn't kiss her arse. That's not leadership.

Posted by: xconservative | January 13, 2011 1:39 PM

First of all, this was a memorial not a funeral. Memorials attempt to be uplifting and focus on the living. The funerals begin today and will have a different tone I'm sure. Secondly yesterday we heard from one leader and one quitter who is incapable of leading anything but a small band of misfits who are in tune with the frequency of that shrill sound she emits when she opens her mouth. Anyone who thinks that failin Palin didn't rehearse for 3 days prior, that 8 minute paranoid screed she evoked yesterday, is a true koolaid drinker and complete fool. The term blood libel didn't spring from her heart spontaneously, if it did, it stems from a very racist heart. Instead it came from a team of calculating morons who totally misjudged the use of the term but were driven to use the usual code that passes as raw meat for the illiterate trailer park trash that idolize this snowbilly grifter. Yesterday was her swan song from the national stage and it's time the media moved on to the next shiny thing instead of dwelling on this obnoxious creature and her ill bred clan.

Posted by: arkadie7 | January 13, 2011 1:32 PM

I too was dismayed at the Pep rally atmosphere. Almost seemed like an election campaign get together. CNN characterized the atmosphere, as a relief from the mourning, Tucson has been experiencing. When Reagan spoke at the Challenger disaster, it was solemn, and for 9 minutes. Seemed more fitting.

Posted by: dangreen3 | January 13, 2011 1:30 PM

I am not being factious, does any one know, who may have written Palin's speech? Was the use of the, Blood Libel words, directed at some core group?

Posted by: dangreen3 | January 13, 2011 1:25 PM

A couple things...

One: Not quite sure what happened in Tucson was a "crisis". A tragedy, definitely.

Two: Definitely sure that Palin's video wasn't "pitch perfect". She was speaking to her base and not to the nation. It was a speech about Sarah Palin, not about us. Which is OK, since in reality, Sarah Palin has become a reality queen. Fortunately, there is more timber in the Republican forest - Pawlenty, Romney, etc - than her. The media loves Palin - MSNBC as something to beat on; FoxNews as something to comment on; online news as something to create a provocative headline that generates click-throughs and therefore ad revenue.

Which really brings us to the bottom line: today's politics doesn't suffer from "scorching rhetoric" as much as from the fact that is has become BIG BUSINESS for those involved - all the pundit shows (MSNBC, FoxNews, CNN, talk radio, etc) - all the political consultants, etc. Civility would take us back to....3 networks and only Meet The Press, Face The Nation, and This Week times. That would be economic ruin for the media!

Posted by: JonyDirk | January 13, 2011 1:12 PM

"Again, it may not be entirely fair to appose an eight-minute taped statement by a potential presidential candidate with a 30-minute arena-sized eulogy given by the leader of the free world."

I would a guess that a 30 minute arena-sized eulogy is much more difficult than an ~8:00 diatribe.

And to No-Bama...
If you can't tell that Palin is reading that drivel from a teleprompter that you can even see reflected in her glasses, then you're even dumber than you appear.

Posted by: skinswitabullet | January 13, 2011 12:45 PM

"Odumba could learn more from Palin than Palin could from Odumba.
Our Speech-Reader-In-Chief needs his speech writers and three days to come up with a respone...Palin speaks from the heart.
Posted by: NO-bama | January 13, 2011 12:13 PM"

Given that Palin's teleprompter can clearly be seen reflected in her MC Hammer glasses, NO-bama's comments are even sillier than usual.

Palin speaks from the heart. LOL

Posted by: Observer691 | January 13, 2011 12:28 PM

RE: Sara Palin Quote Word For Word .. "Journalist and Pundits should not manufacture a "Blood Libel" Serves Only to incite the very hatred and violence they proport_Sara Palin " Translation as I see it .. Media/Journalist and Persons of Great Learning/Pundits should not manufacture a Sacrifice/Blood Libel to incite the very hatred and violence they proport/to support a cause. As The In the Media Jopurnalists are pesons of great learning they vigerously "To Support a Cause" Proport Spireted debates that exposed to the nation politically incited violence at the City Hall Town Meeting Levels and elevated it to National News and time and time again this was done. To again incite the very hatred and violence "As to Proport/To Serve a Cause that Cause like the "Enquirer" To Sell Headlines. Words have consiquentality and it is time to heal, Report But Not scarifce or "Blood Libel" for a Head Line.

Posted by: SafetyMentalst | January 13, 2011 12:24 PM

Odumba could learn more from Palin than Palin could from Odumba.
Our Speech-Reader-In-Chief needs his speech writers and three days to come up with a respone...Palin speaks from the heart.
Posted by: NO-bama
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Here is a perfect example of why the discourse from the other side has gotten out of hand. This poster resorts to name calling to make his point. If this poster wanted to make an argument that he/she thought Palin spoke more from the heart than that is their right. But isn't the argument made more potent and worth listening to than childish name calling?

He/she also seems to ditch logic in his partisan views when he states that President Obama took three days [actually it was four] and speech writers to come up with his response where as Palin did not. Palin's response took as many days as did the President's; both speeches were written by speech writers; and both were read off teleprompters or scripts. When logic becomes a one way street to serve your political agenda that should be a sign that you need to take off those distorted lens and go for a walk in the woods for some quiet and peace.

Posted by: dre7861 | January 13, 2011 12:24 PM

How quickly the narrative changes in The Village. Is this the beginning of a rebound for Obama, who's been pummeled in the Beltway media for months on end now?

Posted by: fishellb | January 13, 2011 12:19 PM

Obama can't be blamed for the "pep rally" atmosphere, which I was quite dismayed with. It was a memorial service and the asinine cheering, particularly when the university was named, must be credited to the parents of these ill bred and clueless inheritors of our culture. Even Obama seemed unhappy with it.

Palin knows no better. She is, frankly, stupid. But like so many basic creatures on this planet she knows when to latch onto a food source and suck it dry. I think you media types have fed her enough.

She exists merely because those who helped put us into a war with 911-less Iraq decided she could keep the hate rally going. Cowards who now hide like Richard Perle, Bill Kristol and Douglas Feith.

Posted by: mot2win | January 13, 2011 12:13 PM

Palin time and time again has shown that she cares less about governing and more about fuedin' and fightin' with her perceived enemies. Whether she knew the loaded history of her use of the term "Blood libel" [and doesn't the denials remind you of when Senator George Allen of VA said he didn't know what 'macacca' meant?] the fact is she strangely chose to use the term blood when responding to a national tragedy where so many innocent people loss their blood as a means to talk about her loss of pride. Why when responding to criticisms that you engage in violent rhetoric would you then use the violent imagery of blood being spilt. Elsewhere in the video Palin saught to justify herself by recalling the days when differences was settled by dueling, a violent act that started to lose favor in American after it claimed the life of Alexander Hamilton, the face that looks at us from a ten dollar bill. Again, Palin gets her history wrong because dueling was usually about points of honor and pride rather than over political matters. Dueling is illegal in most of the states and territories in America, and where it is not the act would be charged as another crime. But why evoke the image of gun fire at a time when 20 people were caught in the line of fire?

Whether Palin was rightly or wrongly criticized is not the point - has any of her supporters thought how often they criticize President Obama of all kinds of horrible things or to consider the sad fact that Obama gets more death threats than any president in recent history? The point is she had the opportunity to rise above the political fray and act like a leader but instead she decided to wallow and wrastle in the mud of personal attack politics. One can't help but draw the conclusion that if Palin were to become president that what we would see is four years of seeking petty revenge against Officer Wotten, David Letterman, Katie Couric and every other perceived enemy of hers. That's not leadership.

Posted by: dre7861 | January 13, 2011 12:13 PM

Odumba could learn more from Palin than Palin could from Odumba.

Our Speech-Reader-In-Chief needs his speech writers and three days to come up with a respone...Palin speaks from the heart.

Posted by: NO-bama | January 13, 2011 12:13 PM

Sarah Palin could not learn from President Obama as she is incapable of that kind of learning. It is amazing to think that she fooled the people in Alaska for a while and won the vote to be their Governor. She may be a charming little "cheerleader" to those who do not realize that we need a leader like President Obama in the Whitehouse....not a sad little twit like her. There is far too much at stake.

Posted by: gilbertpb40 | January 13, 2011 12:12 PM

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