But that one speech does not wipe out two months of divisive rhetoric, especially about the socialism we must fear from an Obama presidency.
Today's NY Times reports on an surge in gun sales. Many people have been convinced that Obama will take away their guns. Here's what one gun dealer said:
On the day before the election I heard another person proclaim that he would not vote for Obama because he is too close to communism.
“He wants to take our guns from us and create a socialist society policed by his own police force,” added Mr. Pruett, a former radio personality, of President-elect Barack Obama.
As I have said often on this blog, there were many legitimate reasons for some people to oppose Obama. But the fact that he is a socialist or communist leaning is NOT one of them.
This is a legacy of John McCain and his sidekick, Sarah Palin's rhetoric.
Jewish tradition teaches: hachamim hizaharu b'devreichem, wise people be careful with your words. Well I would not call politicians necessarily wise but I think the verse is really directed at people who are leaders, i.e. people to whom others look up to....
This is part of their legacy. They and we will have to live with it.