Viewers saw a clip of Obama bemoaning "a lot of hand-wringing going on" in Washington, DC, interrupted by a woman's voice from the audience at the Walter F. Ehrnfelt Recreation and Senior Center in Strongsville: "We need courage!" To cheers, a delighted Obama picked up on her prompt: "We need courage. That's why I came here today. We need courage!"
If "courage" as a catch phrase sounds familiar, it's the one word with which Dan Rather ended his newscasts in the mid-1980s, an ending he resurrected on Wednesday, March 9, 2005 when he signed-off forever from the CBS Evening News. (MRC CyberAlert item )
From the Monday, March 15 NBC Nightly News:
BRIAN WILLIAMS: An update tonight on where health care reform stands. The House has started preliminary votes aimed at moving a bill to a final vote by the end of this week. And President Obama traveled to Ohio for one last campaign-style rally where a shout-out from the audience gave him a chance to road test a new catch phrase: 'We need courage.'
OBAMA: There's a lot of hand-wringing going on. We hear a lot of people in Washington talking about politics, talking about what this means in November, talking about the poll numbers for Democrats, Republicans.
WOMAN IN AUDIENCE: We need courage!
OBAMA, TO CHEERS: We need courage. That's why I came here today. We need courage!- Brent Baker is Vice President for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center. Click here  to follow him on Twitter.
WILLIAMS: The President is set to leave for an already postponed trip to Asia Sunday morning. Hopes to have a bill in front of him by then, he says. He said late today he thinks the votes will be there to make it happen.