President Obama visited the Illinois General Assembly this afternoon to spend about an hour exploring what he called a “a better kind of politics.” In his speech, marking the ninth anniversary of the day he announced his presidential candidacy, Obama talked about the necessary but often ignored role of collaboration across party lines and the dire need for general civility in American politics. As quoted in a New York Times article about the speech (subscription may be required),
“One of my few regrets is my inability to reduce the polarization and meanness in our politics. I was able to be part of that here, and yet I couldn’t translate it the way I wanted to, to our politics in Washington.”
Although he was addressing an audience in Illinois and referenced DC in the quote above, he also talked about ways to address problems in our political system at the individual level. In the video above, his speech starts a little after the 15 minute mark. It is well worth a watch, regardless of your political affiliation.