Members of the public take part in the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial, in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) By Cliff Owen
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is citing the lessons of Martin Luther King Jr. in dealing with the problems of today.
Obama, speaking at the dedication of the King Memorial on the National Mall today, says people need to assume the best in their political foes and challenge each other in ways that heal.
Obama says if King were alive today he would probably remind that the unemployed worker can rightly challenge the excesses of Wall Street without "demonizing all who work there."
Obama seemed to address the tea partyers and others who have scored major political victories with demands that government shrink itself and stop spending so much taxpayer money. He says King would want people to know they can argue fiercely about the proper size and role of government without questioning each other's love for this country.