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President Obama “We Are Ready To Lead Once More”

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I have waited a full day before deciding to comment on the inaugural speech of President Barack Obama. I wanted see the hysteria, adulation and Obamanuts calm down and allow some oxygen back into the country. Apparently that will take some time, but I promise that many will be hugely disappointed in our new President well within his first 100 days in office.

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This inauguration was not a television ratings landslide that everyone had predicted. Daily Variety reported, “Early numbers for the inauguration of Barack Obama are impressive but, perhaps surprisingly, could come in below those for Ronald Reagan’s first term in 1981. The Reagan inauguration in 1981 ended up averaging a whopping 41.8 million viewers to stand as the most-watched on record.

Preliminary Nielsen estimates show that 29.2% of U.S. households were watching the presidential inauguration — easily the largest in decades but below the 37.4 household rating for Reagan. Obama’s figures include viewership on roughly 15 broadcast and cable networks, while the Reagan ceremony was viewed only on ABC, CBS and NBC; also, they do not include the huge online viewing this time around, with CNN.com, FoxNews.com and MSNBC.com all reporting record streaming video traffic.”

Then there were the hugely overblown crowd predictions of as high as 5 million, right after Obama’s election to the repeated estimates on January 20th of 2 million. Sorry, wrong on all counts. Clark McPhail, who has been analyzing crowds on the National Mall since the 1960s, estimated it at about 1 million people. For the record, Lyndon B. Johnson’s inaugural crowd of 1965 was estimated at 1.2 million.

Barack Obama’s speech was a real downer. His campaign theme of “Hope and Change” was totally discarded and instead we got a dose of tough love. I want to contrast Obama’s speech with that of President Reagan’s first inaugural address of 1981.

The economy was in terrible shape in 1981 as it is today in 2009. Let’s compare:

Unemployment is currently at 7.2%,  in 1981 it was 7.5%

Gasoline prices are about $1.78/gallon, in 1981 it was $1.38/gallon

Bank Prime Loan Interest Rates are 3.25% in 1981 they were a staggering 20.5%

Barack Obama, January 20th 2009,

“What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government. ”

Ronald Reagan, January 20th, 1981,

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden. The solutions we seek must be equitable, with no one group singled out to pay a higher price.”

Obama,

“As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more. ”

Reagan,

“Our forbearance should never be misunderstood. Our reluctance for conflict should not be misjudged as a failure of will. When action is required to preserve our national security, we will act. We will maintain sufficient strength to prevail if need be, knowing that if we do so we have the best chance of never having to use that strength. Above all, we must realize that no arsenal or no weapon in the arsenals of the world is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have. It is a weapon that we as Americans do have. Let that be understood by those who practice terrorism and prey upon their neighbors. I’m told that tens of thousands of prayer meetings are being held on this day, and for that I’m deeply grateful. We are a nation under God, and I believe God intended for us to be free. It would be fitting and good, I think, if on each Inaugural Day in future years it should be declared a day of prayer.”

What a profound difference between Barack Obama, who is an apologist for America to the world and Ronald Reagan, who believed it’s citizens and this country were second to none.

When Barack Obama said that “we are ready to lead again”, I was deeply insulted. When did America ever NOT lead?

Read “An Uneasy Feeling” by Victor Davis Hanson and his take on Obama’s speech.

Obama will issue a flurry of Executive Orders in the next few days to both pander to his leftist base and turn back as much of Bush’s policies as possible.

He’s already overturned Bush’s Executive Order 13233 which limited access to the records of former United States Presidents. Obama plans to close Guantanamo and has stopped the Military trial proceedings against 9/11 terrorists.

President Obama will issue an executive order on Thursday reversing the Bush administration policy that bans the use of federal dollars by non-govermental organizations that discuss or provide abortions outside of the United States.

Obama will sign the executive order on the 36th anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion in all 50 states.

The Left may have won the election, but Conservatives, like myself will fight back and we will defeat them.

Posted: 2340PT 01/21/09


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