I did not see or feel any emotion in that speech. It did not have the fire of Roosevelt after Pearl Harbor or Bush after 9/11. He does not want to show that he’s mad at the bad guys, even though they are making a shambles of his approach that, “If I am nice to them, they will stop all this stuff.”
Then, to say Americans are “exceptional” after seven years of saying we are not is even more ridiculous. Americans have not started a crusade against Muslims after 9/11 and they will not do it now. His lecture to Americans to be tolerant was an insult, especially from a man who has never shown that he’ll even listen to someone with a different opinion. To me, it was his attempt to make the terrorists and their sympathizers the victims and us the bad guys.
Howard Wallach, Miami