Obama’s Inauguration Speech

The good, the bad and the ugly.
My little take on Obama’s inauguration speech, just quoting some of the things he said that I liked or otherwise.

Good

Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some

We will restore science to its rightful place

We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.

that a nation cannot prosper long when it favours only the prosperous

that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please.

We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. emphasis mine

Someone who finally realises and acknowledges this. Yay!

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist

Well said.

Bad

but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things

was there a need to mention that quote comes from ‘Scripture’?

Ugly

the God-given promise that all are equal

This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

‘our’ confidence? It might be yours but it’s not everyones.

Overall

I think it was good, a lot of emphasis on how the nation was built and how it’s currently facing hard times. But like in the past, Americans can overcome these problems if they all work together.

Also liked how he emphasised the need to talk to other nations and not just blow them up [paraphrased, lol].

Though I would rather he hadn’t finished with

“God Bless America”

Transcript from here


On a lighter note, a cartoonist has complained that Obama is too handsome to caricature.

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8 responses to “Obama’s Inauguration Speech

  1. wushuhsu

    “We will restore science to its rightful place.” sounds like something out of a Douglas Pretson novel, Blasphemy.

  2. @wushuhsu, welcome you may have a good point. 🙂 Good novel by the way.

  3. My thoughts are quite similar to yours. Too bad he didn’t mention “non-believers” first! 🙂

  4. Maggie

    I think his speech is fair to all faiths and non-believers. You might not agree with me, but atheism itself is a religion, since a religion is a set of belief system, and even atheist believe in something. Also, when he said “Scripture”, he did quote scripture. So there’s nothing wrong with it.

    There’s no need to be rude and bias just because you’re atheists. Like he said, this country is built by people from all faiths and atheists. And also, please don’t forget that there are freedom of speech and freedom of religion in this country, and He is a christian.

  5. Honestly, with how Presidents in the past have treated us I’m extremely happy we got what we did. Unfortunately Obama is a Christian, and it’s obvious he will mention the Great Pumpkin at some point or another. I’m fine with him doing that if that is his faith, as long as his personal faith doesn’t interfere with policy. So far he seems to be a rational guy and I think we’re going to have some good times ahead.

  6. Nice summary! I didn’t watch it. I can’t watch it. We are in serious sh!t and I’m not sure anyone can fix it! I’m losing hope fast so with that being said, I’ll be pleasantly surprised if he can help us with our so-called “freedoms” and fix the trillion dollar deficit! LOL!!
    Do you have to pay taxes on your income in Australia?
    🙂

  7. Andrew

    Maggie wrote: “You might not agree with me, but atheism itself is a religion, since a religion is a set of belief system, and even atheist believe in something.”

    For several attempts to define “religion,” please see http://www.religioustolerance.org/rel_defn.htm. None of them hinge upon anything as simple as belief in something; one would never claim arithmetic is a religion because we have to believe in counting. There is a lot more to a religion than believing a set of facts.

    But even if we accept your definition, to claim that atheism is based on belief is disingenuous, as its foundation is the lack of belief rather than the presence of any particular one. If there is any belief that sums up the atheist worldview, it’s that by default you should NOT believe anything until you’re shown otherwise. Which is, in fact, how almost everyone in the world feels until we start discussing religion – try to put your finger on why you don’t believe in unicorns, I guarantee you it’s because by default you assume they are not real, and only upon receiving evidence to the contrary would you alter that belief. If that quite intelligent and useful method of reasoning qualifies as “faith,” then I think there’s something wrong with the definition.

    “There’s no need to be rude and bias just because you’re atheists.”

    True enough. We would simply be happier if religion was left out of it – to understand our position, imagine that instead of mentioning God in a positive light Obama had said at some point in his speech “but there is no God, so we’ll just have to handle this mess ourselves.” Do you _really_ think the religious would just let that slide because of freedom of religion? Right…

    The only reason it seems less offensive the way it is now is that atheists are a minority, and nobody cares if you offend a minority.

    But in any case, I don’t think many of us are actually very offended here, I suspect we’re mostly feeling quite hopeful about the level of tolerance in the new administration. We just like to bitch and moan whenever we can. 🙂

  8. @ Andrew, welcome and thanks for doing my job for me, 😆 couldn’t have said it better myself.

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