January 17, 2011
Thirty-one million watched President Obama's speech in Tucson last week. That was probably his largest audience since the inauguration. Let's give him credit. The content was good and he got as close to empathy as a detached and above-it-all president can do. His poll numbers are up, too, which shows how superficial some people are in this generation.
Nothing has changed. No policies have changed. There won't be fewer abortions. The administration won't stop downsizing our military, or reversing its decision to allow homosexuals to serve openly. The U.S. still has an enormous deficit that is a security threat. Terrorists still want to kill us.
This president remains a hard left ideologue. He is plotting his re-election strategy with Republicans now in charge of the House. Republicans would be foolish to count him out and they had better nominate someone who has a chance of beating him.
The president can deliver a speech. Give him that. Now let's get back to substance even while we keep the wounded and families of the dead in our prayers.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.