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President Obama‘s speech last night at the memorial service for the victims of the Tucson shooting has been widely praised across the media and political spectrum. The New York Times’ Michael Shear has a wrap-up, and follows with his own column, comparing the speech with Sarah Palin’s video, posted early yesterday morning.

“But what could not have been more different was the tone. Where Ms. Palin was direct and forceful, Mr. Obama was soft and restrained. Where Ms. Palin was accusatory, Mr. Obama appeared to go out of his way to avoid pointing fingers or assigning blame. Where she stressed the importance of fighting for our different beliefs, he emphasized our need for unity, referring to the ‘American family — 300 million strong.’”

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