We watched the new President speak on the mall and there were things he said that made even a Republican feel good. They might have not been what Democrats expected and maybe Barack Obama is closer to the center then we all believed. There are five things he said we would like to highlight. These are exact quotes as to not confuse.
“That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.”
This is good stuff not pie in the sky, not to somber we have issues and they must be dealt with and we can if we all work together. The more adversarial hawkish Obama was the surprise we did not see coming. We expected him to reach out to other nations.
“And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know Americais a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and we are ready to lead once more.”
Then he followed this we are nice but we are America this was our favorite part of the speech it was no Kennedy speech but this is good stuff.
“We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.”
“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.”
He closed with remark about how our generation is going to be remembered.
“Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.”
This is a tough road and it is only day one we are hoping that he stays in the center and has success because that is good for all Americans, – Republican, Democrat, Black, White, Christen, Muslim, Jew we all have a vested interest in making this succeed.