First, it is important to note that whether you agree or disagree with President Obama, today’s inauguration ceremony’s finest moment was the singing of the National Anthem by Beyonce. Whether lip-synched or not, it was still a wonderful rendition of our nation’s celebratory song. Beyonce can sing.
If you are among the 96% of readers who took our poll and indicated you were not planning to watch the Inauguration, you’re in good company. The question at hand is this –
Are women who disagree with Obama already tuning him out?
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I have to say that I was a bit startled when I saw the early results of the poll today on our website which asked one simple question:
Will you be watching President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address?
We offered our readers several different options on whether they would observe the President taking his oath of office on television, viewing it on the Internet, listening on radio, or in person on the U.S. Capitol mall.
Of the 845 people who took the poll, 96% said that they had no plans to watch the President at all as he took the oath of office.
Not one reader indicated that she would be there personally at the Capitol Mall to observe the event.
As the mainstream media continues to talk of the historic nature of the Obama presidency, 96% of our readers weren’t at all interested in hearing what the leader of the free world has to say.
That was startling to me. Startling because it demonstrates the continued division in our country – and more to the point – a continued lack of trust in our leader by those who prefer less government intervention in their daily lives.
Obama’s approval going into today was 52% – only 1% more than the popular vote percentage of folks who voted for him for President. He has done little in the last 75 days to change America’s point of view.
The official White House transcript of the President’s second inaugural speech is here. Much of it is very eloquent, as one would expect from a President who is a great communicator.
Some, however, outlines the exact Obama agenda, as stated in this passage:
“That is our generation’s task — to make these words, these rights, these values of life and liberty and the pursuit of happiness real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life. It does not mean we all define liberty in exactly the same way or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time, but it does require us to act in our time.”
Key in on the last sentence – settling centuries-long debates about the role of government and acting “in our time”.
Some pundits are saying the the President was further reinforcing his plan to reverse the Reagan Revolution. One of them was Charles Krauthammer.
Remember when “our best days were yet to come” or when President Clinton said that “the era of big government is over” in his 1996 inaugural speech? Yes, it was President Clinton who said that. Why? Because he wanted to unite the country and work with people who disagreed with him to solve problems.
You can judge Obama’s words and actions on your own in weeks and months ahead. It would appear obvious to this writer that he will continue the road to more dependency on government, regardless of whether he has support for that agenda or not.