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Obama Inaugural: Full of Audacity, but Little Hope

givingmho Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 5:36 PM
Initially Obama's campaign was billed as "The Audacity of Hope". We have since found out that it was actually, "The Hope of Audacity". And the second seems to have worked better than the first.

Commentators both left and right agree that Barack Obama's second inaugural speech Monday was highly partisan, with shout outs to his constituencies on the left and defiance of his critics on the right.

Obama quoted the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, and made brief reference to Abraham Lincoln's sublime Second Inaugural ("blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword"). But there was not much in the way of "with malice toward none, with charity for all."

There were more references than in many inaugural speeches to specific programs and policies. One interesting question is what the practical effect they...