You saw it last night. President Obama delivered a pitch perfect speech to a shocked and saddened nation. He chose to use this moment to inspire and unite our country in the face of an ever increasing divide between citizens.
In contrast, his potential 2012 opponent chose this moment to deliver an incredibly self-serving, self-pitying and offensive address. That she chose to do so the same day that Obama was to speak is also quite telling.
Ideology aside, can anyone honestly say they would feel more comfortable with Ms. Palin at the helm during a national crisis after yesterday's performance? When the country needed comfort and reassurance, all she could muster was spite and political posturing.
It's okay for the media and the public to share their anger and frustration at they ways they believe our current system may have contributed to this tragedy. But for one who aspires to the top elected position in the land? You need to be bigger than that. You need to seize the moment and make the country feel confident that there are better days ahead.
Obama did that last night. Palin? She blew it. And quite possibly (fingers crossed), may have blown her chances at the presidency as well.