From the Chicago Sun-Times — Originally published Monday, May 18

On Sunday, President Obama ... [in] his powerful speech at the University of Notre Dame ... warmly embraced our nation's religious heritage, insisting that people of all faiths and no faith share a common ground ...

But finding this common ground, he said, begins with a more respectful public debate ...

... This was a speech the president could have ducked. He could have declined the invitation, as every president must do hundreds of times each year. ...

But to his credit, Obama came to Notre Dame and addressed the abortion controversy head-on. ...

... His strategy is not to co-opt opponents, but to find a middle ground.

It's about talking to each other, not about shouting each other down ...

Respect can lead to cooperation, which is the only road to real progress. ...

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