I’ve Heard Better
Here is the text of President Obama’s speech. His victory speech was much better, not the least because it was much more gracious toward and tolerant of the other side. Among the first statements issued in the president’s new, “unified” tone?
On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.
We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things.
He read that as one paragraph, by the way, making it a complaint against his predecessor, not a statement of national growth. “Unity,” in this usage, means the other side just gives in.
One other thought that occurred to me while listening to the speech was that we have been proven correct who have been noting that the nation’s handling of race had already changed, and that the liberal methods of addressing it were merely prolonging discord. The conditions were amenable to Obama, just awaiting the right individual.
That is not to deny that it is quite an achievement for him to have been that individual, but a testament to the goodness of our country.