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.
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
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’?
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.
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.