Naturally these comments still demonstrate that the country is quite divided. But maybe this is not the real point. In terms of looking at what most of the media coverage has reported regarding general sentiment toward the speech and what the public thinks, indicates a wider gap. Not everyone is amazed and enthused about the parallels drawn by Obama, nor is the level of sincerity. As we look further into the SmartPower era, this understanding will become more pivotal in order to better assess not only the currrent vibe but the future in order to truly prepare challenges and opportunities. We'll be bringing it to you. But in the meantime, at least it's nice to know that there is a bit more going on in terms of interest than just Michelle's bangs and custom-made boots (though very cool on the boots, we have to say ;-)
In President Obama's 2013 inaugural address, one of his stand-out points included the need for greater diversity and opportunity in this country and the way in which that need is inextricably connected to the deeper sentiment within the Declaration of Independence. In his first inaugural address, the president cited familiar turning points in American history: "Concord, Gettysburg, Normandy and Khe Sahn." This time, the historical heroes were more contemporary. He named and linked important moments in women's rights, gay rights, and African-American rights as being indicative to a call for a new era in America. President Obama also committed himself to climate change, immigration reform, gun control, and a budget where the middle class was protected. Obama barely mentioned the deficit and when he did, it was to warn against excessive spending reductions. His speech is said to be a preview of coming attractions. Let's see if the people are planning to buy tickets to the show.
No U.S. President in my lifetime, if not in history, has ever rendered lofty words as meaningless the way President Obama has. The rhetoric he used in his speech last night was a mistake because it flew in the face of his actions. It was an upsetting speech to me and many others who have fought for progressive causes. Martin Luther King would have condemned the appointment of Tim Geithner, and now of Jacob Lew to continue doing the bidding of criminal bankers...
... so let's ignore our Big Brother and live our lives in civil disobedience to the dictates of statistics like Obama and Bush and Clinton. The pendulum goes left then it goes right. Keep yourself centered and skeptical. Don't go along with their plans for this or that ... The reason we have this climate change is mostly from the hot air which emanates from Washington and many of the state Capitols. Be an American, be independent; independent from these clowns.
.. We all understand that the tiny far right fringe want passionately to pretend that this President is a failure, but history will undoubtedly present President Obama as one of the greatest leaders of all time, possibly the greatest.His list of accomplishments in favor of the average American just in his first term, crowned by the Affordable Healthcare Legislation, is incredibly inspiring...
Will this further divide a country that is already very much divided between legacy thinkers and hip, SmartPower thnkers; between haves and have nots? We are truly re-examining norms and traditionally held roles. But the real question may be: is the edgy populus leading policy makers or vice-versa, and what is the global impact. Have you decided who is really calling the shots as our new society forms?
President Obama tells ABC News that he supports same-sex marriage. Everyone weighs in with thoughts.
Hispanic evangelicals are the quintessential swing voters...We're conservative on social issues and progressive on immigration, poverty and housing. So the question is, which will be the issue of the day.
I am proud of President Obama for having the courage to support same sex marriage. The Wednesday evening program presented comments by Hope Baptist Bishop Harry Jackson of Washington, DC. Bishop Jackson was right to point out that the battle for civil rights which African-Americans have waged for decades is nothing like the gay rights movement and clearly there is no comparison. Gay people never had to sit at the back of the bus or experience refusal of service at a restaurant. However, WE, i.e. me and thousands of other gay folk have been physically attacked and beaten by homophobic thugs simply for walking down the street...Gay and lesbian people deserve the same rights as straight folk.