Wednesday, January 21, 2009
What Did He Mean By That?
The problem with instant analysis is you always miss something. To wit the Monday posting on Barack Obama's Inaugural message which omitted a commentary on a very provocative statement. There was a sentence in the 18 minute address that begs for clarification, so the next guy who asks the new president a question, ask him what he meant by, "We come to proclaim and end to petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics…the time has come to set aside childish things." Was it a slap at the ex-president sitting just chairs away from the new president? Was it a blast at both political parties for focusing on their "petty grievances" instead of the big picture of working together for the common good? Or it could have been a swipe at all the single-issue special interest groups, think Right to Life and Pro-Choice, that strangle legislators if they don't toe the line? Finally it could have been all three and more? It's difficult to gage if the statement resonated with the two million folks in the audience, some of whom may have been more focused on keeping warm than analyzing his every word. But this point is for sure. The record breaking crowd was there sending a strong message to the new president and the new congress and it's a message all sides should heed: We want you to knock off the partisan politics and join hands to solve our problems." That's basically what President Obama was saying, but obviously with more eloquent and oblique prose.