It was a fine speech, and nothing to get upset about. No one doubted, or should have doubted, that Obama’s words would be canny and conciliatory. To give a pro-choice speech would have been foolish, if brave. And of course the quality of the speech has nothing to do with whether Notre Dame should have invited him to begin with.
Still, there’s no reason to praise Obama as if he’s done something unexpected or extraordinary. Perhaps, after Bush, just delivering a speech that eloquently endorses such values as listening to others and having the courage of your convictions seems ground-breaking, but it’s not as if there is any real political risk involved. Obama also supports being nice to animals, I am told.