Here's what I remembered today:
With poisonous dust still swirling around rescue workers in New York, and people acting in the best way Americans can act, the President of the United States did not call us to action as citizens but as consumers.
That's because his understanding of America is economic and not civic, and because his values are centered on profit and not on principle. He believes, as he's demonstrated, that Americans are reducible to what they'll do selfishly for a $300 tax hand out and not what Americans will do selflessly for the idea of what America could be.
Was he right?