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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 02:40 PM

A New Obama - by Paul Begala

Jan 22, 2013 12:34 PM EST

The Obama we saw yesterday is simply not the same politician who governed for the past four years. He’s a better one, says Paul Begala.

Back in November more than 60 million Americans thought they were voting to reelect the man who has served as our president for the past four years. Little did we know that a very different man would place his hand on the Bibles of President Lincoln and Dr. King.

President Obama’s second inaugural address marked an important departure from the tone and tenor of his first term. His speech was philosophical rather than political. He confidently took his part in a debate that stretches back centuries.

The president gave the communitarian vision in contraposition to Reagan’s anti-government individualism. He mocked the notion that an individual alone can meet and master the challenges of the 21st century as akin to sending musket-bearing militiamen to confront Hitler’s Panzers. Again and again he repeated “We the People,” citing our secular Scripture to root his call for common action. There was no mistaking the central message: an embrace of the common good and a rejection of the radical right. He even managed to dismiss both the top 1 percent and the Tea Party in one sentence: “The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob.” He similarly destroyed Rep. Paul Ryan’s loathsome trope that too many Americans are “takers” rather than “makers” because they receive Social Security or Medicare or Medicaid benefits, saying those programs “do not make us a nation of takers, they free us to take the risks that make this country great.”



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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 03:29 PM

1. The "philosophical tenor" was nice,

.. and a "communitarian vision" is wonderful,
but the only thing that matters is
if it results in a Real World reversal of the flow of wealth to the very RICH,
and the resuscitation and re-empowerment of America's Working Class and Poor,
or a Democratic Party Leader who will fight to move our Party and our Country in that direction.

President Obama has the opportunity to become one of America's Greatest Presidents if he will pick up that flag and lead the charge.

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Response to bvar22 (Reply #1)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:23 PM

2. Nicely stated.

The proof is in the pudding.

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Response to wilsonbooks (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 04:57 PM

3. 'Zactly

I've found myself getting "hopeful" all over again. I keep repeating, "it was only a speech, wait for the action", over and over again.

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