First of all and most importantly, there was a convergence of message from the President and Jon Stewart:
"But what we can’t do is use this tragedy as one more occasion to turn on each other. That we cannot do. As we discuss these issues, let each of us do so with a good dose of humility. Rather than pointing fingers or assigning blame, let's use this occasion to expand our moral imaginations, to listen to each other more carefully, to sharpen our instincts for empathy, and remind ourselves of all the ways that our hopes and dreams are bound together." President Obama.
"It would be really nice if the ramblings of crazy people didn’t in any way resemble how we actually talk to each other on TV...It's important for us to watch our rhetoric,if for no other reason than to draw a better distinction between the manifestos of paranoid madmen and what passes for acceptable political and pundit speak." Jon Stewart
Palin began, much earlier than I expected, her demise. The cynical ploy of trying to upstage the president's message backfired badly. Later, Colbert hilariously disassembled her and cultists followers.
In short, Obama was the President, Palin solidified her position as the Lindsey Lohan of politics.
Update: seemed like I hit on the narrative that developed on Jan 13, wide-spread praise of Obama from across the political spectrum, dismissal of the pretender.