President Obama’s speech Wednesday night at the memorial service for the victims of the Tucson shooting and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s video speech (in photo), released earlier that day, contained several similar messages expressing sympathy for those who were injured or killed and calls to avoid finger-pointing. “But what could not have been more different was the tone,” Michael Shear wrote on a New York Times blog. “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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