January 20th, 2009



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