In a way, Mr. Obama began that conversation with these remarks, while speaking directly to African-Americans who have longed to hear him identify with their frustrations and their anger.
It is a great thing for this country to have a president who could do what Mr. Obama did on Friday. It is sad that we still need him to do it.
I think I must know what it feels like to be a secular Jew watching a bunch of Catholics recite the rosary or something. They're obviously sincere, I think, but it sure is another world. --ts