I can't be the only one increasingly exhausted by the hostile partisanship that dominates politics. All this does is deepen the divide between opposing sides and increase our inability to communicate. That is not the way forward.
So I was uplifted by President Obama's action today at the University of New Orleans. When his mention of Republican governer Bobby Jindal provoked a chorus of boos, he paused to praise him.
"Bobby, first of all, if it makes you feel any better, I get that all the time," Obama said after the audience quieted down. "And the second point is, you know, even though we have our differences politically, one thing I will say is, this person's working hard on behalf of the state and you have to give people credit for working hard."