The biggest lost opportunity of the Obama Administration came in his first hours, nay, its first minutes. The then-new President could have departed from the text of his inaugural address to chide those who had booed his predecessor. He could say that while they may not agree with Bush’s policies, they should honor the office and the Republican’s service as he would hope Bush’s supporters would honor the office now that one of their partisan adversaries had taken the helm.
He could echo comments he had made a few days previously when the Democrat called the Republican “a good man who loves his family and loves his country,” a man who “made the best decisions that he could at times under some very difficult circumstances.” A simple statement like that would have done much to heal the political wounds from recent partisan battles.
And while the president wasn’t then magnanimous in his first minutes in office, he would show considerable class nine months later when he took liberal Louisianans to task for booing their Republican Governor. He now has another chance to shine by denouncing violent attempt to intimidate dissent.
And here, it’s also a kind of a gimme. He need criticize leftists like the one below who assault tea party protestors:
(Via Ed Driscoll who has more.)
And while Obama’s at it, he could denounce the union thugs who beat Kenneth Gladney in St. Louis during this summer’s round of protests.
In the campaign, the president claimed he was a post-partisan leader who could bring people together. As President, he can do just that, by daring to criticize some of his political allies, angry partisans who have intimidated their political adversaries while those adversaries exercise their first amendment rights.