This morning President Obama spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast in Washington D.C. and called for civility:
Civility also requires relearning how to disagree without being disagreeable; understanding, as President [Kennedy] said, that "civility is not a sign of weakness." Now, I am the first to confess I am not always right. Michelle will testify to that. But surely you can question my policies without questioning my faith, or, for that matter, my citizenship.
There are those in this great land who question where President Obama was born. But Obama's remarks leave one with the impression that Republican lawmakers have questioned him in this way. I defy President Obama to name a single elected Republican official who has questioned the veracity of where he was born.
If President Obama seeks to restore civility he would be wise not to attribute ill-motives towards those who have not expressed them. But I suppose the President forgot the kettle was black for an hour.