The speech was anti-climactic for many, but I think grand, sweeping oratory would have served him – and us – poorly. These are serious, sober times and Obama delivered a serious, sober speech. The things that stood out for me were maturity, a sense of deliberation.
After eight years of impulsive, incurious and proudly anti-rationalist leadership, a few words about “non-believers” and restoring “science to its rightful place” indicates that perhaps skepticism and reason have made a return to vogue. I hope so.
Now, if we could just get the man some good beets.