Posts Tagged ‘inauguration’
So begins President Obama’s second term.
There is something historic about our first Black president begin sworn in for a second term on Martin Luther King Day. King had a dream, Obama seems to be living that dream, but imagine the nightmare of anger and outrage had it been Romney being sworn in on MLK Day.
Instead, Obama will start his second term in the peaceful way that every President has done so since Washington. That is part of what makes the United States a blessed and unique nation, we transfer political power without killing people and forcing our will.
Now, that’s not to say that there aren’t some pretty strong feelings along the political spectrum. Obama has and will certainly continue to instigate strong feelings through his policies – just look at his inaugural speech. It was a clear sign that the era of big government is coming back with a vengeance.
And while he used a lot of language that gave the impression of bringing the country together, he just couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a backhanded swipe at his most recent opponent, Mitt Romney’s 47 percent remark:
We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us at any time may face a job loss or a sudden illness or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security, these things do not sap our initiative.
They strengthen us.
They do not make us a nation of takers. They free us to take the risks that make this country great.
Obama’s vision of America is one in which the government is the solution to every problem. If that ideology advances, more and more people will be reliant on an ever-growing government and making it harder to break the cycle of dependency.
What do most Americans worry about when it comes to the federal government? By strong majorities, it is that the government spends too much and has too much debt. And yet, our President didn’t even mention the word spending once in his entire speech.
That, more than anything, tells you how he is going to approach the next four years.
The Washington Post reports today that officials are cutting in half their initial projections of the size of the crowd at Obama’s inauguration.
I suspect this will be the first in a series of adjustments made to expectations as the Obama administration gets started. It doesn’t help that Obama promised to “change” Washington by cleaning it up, and you have his incoming Chief of Staff dodging the media to avoid talking about the Blago disaster.
Sure, Obama has near rock-star appeal, but hyper-inflating the estimates on how many people will show up on a cold January morning in D.C. ends up making the incoming Administration look weak when the crowds don’t materialize. Hence, the revised estimates.
It’s true that Congressional offices have had a record number of requests for tickets to the inauguration. Demand in most offices is twice or three times the number of available tickets. Of course, anyone can lob a request into a Congressional office, it is another thing to book a plane ticket, reserve a hotel room and otherwise spend a few thousand bucks to stand in the cold for a few hours.
Needless-to-say, it will be interesting to watch, which I will do from the comfort of my family room and at night since I’m going to tivo it.