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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Tue, Jan. 20th, 2009 11:25 am
Inauguration

I just finished watching the inauguration speech -- and I have to say, I felt it was toned down. I think there are a lot of things about the past 8 years he could have said, and didn't. Since Ex-President Bush was sitting right there, that's probably for the best. ;P

He said the right things about the economy, reminded us we all have a duty to ourselves and to each other. He talked about sustainability (though not in so many words). I was also encouraged to hear him speak in terms of hope, and against fear. I was happy to hear that he understands, on paper at least, that we can provide for our security without compromising our ideals (or, presumably, our freedoms).

However, he said not one word about torture, and I felt like he downplayed our tarnished reputation in the rest of the world. That is something that sorely needs to be addressed. I still detect a hint of the same institutional arrogance -- "America is ready to lead again!". No, no it's not. Not until we have regained the world's trust, and repaired our reputation. We have a long way to go.

I'm not ecstatic, or jubilant, as many people here seem to be. I'm skeptical -- these are words, not actions. It remains to be seen, now that Obama has the capacity for action, whether he will live up to our expectations. But I'm hopeful, at least, that we're finally starting down a better path.

President Bush: Good riddance. Don't let the door hit you on your way out.

-- Des

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darkone238
darkone238
Darkenwolf
Wed, Jan. 21st, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)

Because it's a good thing to focus a momentous speech on the bad things in the last 8 years.

I think you missed the point of the speech. While it wasn't perfect (as no speech ever is) not spending a bunch of time on how badly we fucked up the last 8 years would've been depressing and pointless. Bush is gone, Obama is in, stop living in the past.

And he seemed to spend a lot of time building the nation back up to the trustable nation we need to be. I'm sure it's inspiring to say "we all fucked up, we destroyed freedoms, we did this, we did that, lololol"

Note: this is not a personal attack against you.


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deskitty
deskitty
Des
Wed, Jan. 21st, 2009 11:25 pm (UTC)

Because it's a good thing to focus a momentous speech on the bad things in the last 8 years.

I think you misunderstand -- I wasn't expecting him to focus on those things, and I agree that striking a positive, upbeat note was the right thing to do.

But you can acknowledge the past, while still focusing on the future. You can say, "Yeah, we fucked up, but we are better than that. We can and will do better." You can use that as a call to action; a call to bring people on board with you and effect positive change.

To be fair, I saw some of that, but I don't feel like it was nearly enough. I felt like he glossed over, or merely hinted at important things that needed to be addressed. (Torture and the internment camps, and warrantless wiretapping/the rule of law are the two things that come to mind.)

I think you missed the point of the speech. While it wasn't perfect (as no speech ever is) not spending a bunch of time on how badly we fucked up the last 8 years would've been depressing and pointless.

It could have been the most perfect speech ever, and my feelings would still be the same -- my reaction was intended more as a counter-point to everyone who's all giddy over the fact that we have a Black Democrat who's talking about capital-C Change in the White House.

Obama is well-spoken, and delivered a very good speech as it was. But words are not actions, and he is faced with harsh challenges and very high expectations. I'll be giddy once he lives up to his promises.

And he seemed to spend a lot of time building the nation back up to the trustable nation we need to be. I'm sure it's inspiring to say "we all fucked up, we destroyed freedoms, we did this, we did that, lololol"

Actions are not words, and only actions will restore that trust. He said nothing in that speech to convince me he understands this.

I would have preferred to hear forward-looking statements to the effect of, "America WILL be ready to lead again. We will do what it takes to earn back the world's trust."

We should be approaching the rest of the world from a position of humility, and with a willingness to learn -- both from our mistakes, and from those who bore their consequences. "America is ready to lead again" communicates none of those things. In fact, I feel it's almost dismissive of the mess we've made.

Note: this is not a personal attack against you.

No offense taken. You focused purely on the issue at hand -- I hope I've managed to do the same.


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darkone238
darkone238
Darkenwolf
Thu, Jan. 22nd, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)

I feel he did a decent job with acknowledging that we're in a problematic state. He didn't want to dwell on all that in a short inaugural speech I believe. While he certainly could go into more detail about all the problems, I don't think it's necessary to do so since we all know there are problems.

Yes, words are not actions. Like you, I am skeptical about how this administration will be run. It just seems like his speech was pretty good given what it was meant to do (at least in my view of what it should do). America has little self esteem right now and I think that it's important as a first step to promote positive emotions and upbringing.


I got distracted as I was writing this reply so I don't know if I meant to say more XD


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