President Obama

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.


Author: Scott

I am a married father of two. I graduated from Rock Bridge High School and then Mizzou before spending six years in the Washington, D.C. area. We returned to Columbia, Missouri in 2006.

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  1. Agreed. Substantive, serious, and honest. I particularly liked these passages:

    “Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America. ”

    “there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task. “

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