What do you think of the inaugural speech?

April 19th, 2010

I for one, am pretty happy. Articulate, rational and appropriate to the times. He mentioned that we gain our strengths from our differences and listed non-believers along with theists. He sets forth an excellent agenda. I was particularly happy that he mentioned science being returned to a place of prominence. He talked about keeping to our founding principles.

But, the best part for me was that the only quote was from Tom Paine’s American Crisis. Paine’s words stirred us to revolution, influenced the Constitution and even named our nation. He was demonized after the war, his funeral attended by only a few mourners, though he could reasonably be called the greatest patriot in American history. This is the man Teddy Roosevelt called “a filthy little atheist”. I’m glad to hear him given at least some of the respect he deserves.

What do you think? Favorites parts? Parts you didn’t like so much?
The Paine quote is: “Let it be told to the future world … that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it).” Its from American Crisis, which Washington had read to the soldiers at, I think, Valley Forge. It may have been a different battle though.

“These are the times that try men’s souls” was from the same work. Also would have been a fitting quote, huh?
I take it the delivery wasn’t spectacular? I’m at work and won’t watch it until tonight. I read it online. Here’s the link if anybody wants to see: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090120/ap_on_go_pr_wh/inauguration_obama_text

9 Responses to “What do you think of the inaugural speech?”

  1. Kit Fang says:

    meh, it was ok.

    The whole “reaching out to muslim countries” was a bit wierd – what about all the other countries of the world? And i’d be a bit pissed off if i was a sikh or buddhist or something, not getting a mention with all the other main religions.

    As I say, it was ok. There were some generally good parts, and some perhaps rather repetitive and slightly boring parts. Then again, that appauling ‘poem’ drove most of the speech right out of my head.

  2. Sambo says:

    Good speech but I’ve already forgot what he said. No famous quotes like Kennedy or Reagan that will be remembered for years.

  3. Bill G says:

    I was extremely disappointed.
    It was a let down and didn’t live up to the hype at all

  4. Smelanie says:

    Didn’t hear it. Art class is loud and the teacher turned it off in the middle. What a bitch.

  5. limetang says:

    To the point it shows that he knows what his responsabilities are and how much he has to do

  6. Beth-Mom Of 4-Butt Kicker says:

    I like the ‘unclench your fist’ part. very visual. very good start!

  7. HockeyFan says:

    Canned. It was not that impressive.

  8. Joe S says:

    I liked it, I also though it was thoughtful and well-written. He DID sound inspirational.

    P.S. You wouldn’t happen to remember what the quote from Tom Paine was? I’m afraid that I might of overlooked it.

  9. ritchwilliams says:

    Didn’t listen and couldn’t have cared less. It was a speech written by a committee and words put into his mouth. I’d be surprised if he’d even read it before he spoke it. Words that are meaningless. I’ll wait and see what he does.

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