President Barack Obama seems to believe in America far more than those who insist he hates it, writes Mary C. Curtis. Also seen in the photo, from left, former first lady Laura Bush, former President George W. Bush and first lady Michelle Obama. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
President Obama rose to the occasion. In a Dallas speech that started with a joke about the first lady’s love of Stevie Wonder and quickly grew solemn, the president included everyone, and asked something of everyone, as well. He acknowledged his own humanity and imperfections and asked those on all sides to do the same.
And he reminded those listening, at least those with the “new heart” and “new spirit” the Lord promised Ezekiel, that he is a leader who cherishes the promise of America. For someone whose faith has been questioned, the president always reaches deep into Scripture for comforting messages.