Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Parsing the Obama Inaugural Address 1

We have a new president. His stated intention is to hit the ground running, so we're going to have to as well.

Pres. Obama's inaugural address is going to provide conservatives with much to chew on in the coming days. My initial reaction was, "Holy cow!"

The first question to be asked of any inaugural address is whether this is just speechifying or if it's a true agenda for the new president's young administration.

In this case, if it's the former, then he's just another politician. If it's the latter, then I'm afraid he may be starting to believe his own press.

Mr. Obama's committing his administration to fixing the economy, health care, education, energy, and the war. No surprise there.

He also called for us to make "farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds" in foreign countries. We're going to fix the environment the world over, end nuclear weapons, and stop terrorism. He doesn't plan on just saving the country; he plans to save the world.

It's going to be an interesting four years. Hopefully not in the bad way.

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