Having said that, the president is to be commended for a reflective, thoughtful speech to the nation in which he admirably summarized the complex issues at play in this debate and used the bully pulpit of the presidency to champion the humanity of human embryos. The president did maintain his campaign promise to not provide federal funding for research that would cause the destruction of human embryos. Despite enormous pressure from the media and many in the scientific community as well as members of Congress, the president held the critically important line of defending the lives of our tiniest citizens for whom the life-and-death decision has not already been made. It would have been devastating to the nation and to the president had he crossed that line.
The good news is that we have a president who did not make this decision based on political calculation, because politically this decision is nonsensical in that it deeply disappoints many of his fervent pro-life