Inaugural Roundup


Pres. Obama’s inaugural address was not the 21st century’s Gettysburg Address. But it didn’t need to be. In fact, it was something arguably even better — the speech Americans needed to hear, and the perfect speech for a post-Bush era:

… [Obama] has never been a real stem-winder or a coiner of unforgettable phrases; what he’s always been is a great explainer, who pays the rest of us the highest compliment—the appeal to reason. Today he explained why Americans need to grow up, and the tone and vision of his speech—sober, realistic, clear-minded, undaunted—were absolutely equal to the occasion and the times, down to his requisite scriptural passage: “The time has come to set aside childish things.” (This nonbeliever was also pleased to be included, for once, in the roll call of faiths—especially after Rick Warren’s utterly sectarian invocation.)

The speech was, among other things, and in spite of the gracious gesture at its opening, a devastating repudiation of ex-President Bush, who seemed to be shrinking physically as well as historically whenever the camera found him, until, by the end, his unimportance was almost bewildering. Now he is gone.

Jack Grant asks us to notice what was not in the speech (via The Moderate Voice).

The complete transcript and video of the inaugural address is at whitehouse.gov.

And for something completely cool, go here.

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