The worst Presidency ever is finished, and a guy who appears capable of restoring the rule of law and doing some good has been sworn in.
Full text of the inaugural address is here. It was a solid speech – not the most stirring one Obama has delivered, but appropriate for the occasion and the times. My favourite stanza:
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.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
Oh, and GRAPES SOURED. Seriously, tim, you stayed up through the night just to tell your monkeys that Al Gore is fat and whine about how unfair it is that Obama is popular?