(Promoted by Colorado Pols)
The Washington Post reports on the President's inspiring second inaugural speech:
After his oath, Obama gave a 19-minute address that, at times, had the itemized, politicized feel of a State of the Union speech. He mentioned tax reform, Medicare, Social Security, and Newtown, Conn., where December’s shooting rampage spurred Obama’s new push for stronger gun laws.
Obama also invoked a theme from his re-election campaign: that of patience exhausted. The president said that the gridlocked capital–and, implicitly, the Republicans who have fought his ideas–was moving too slow in an urgent moment.
“We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate,” Obama said. “We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect.”
President Obama has won the last election he will face. Now, he will be judged by history, as will his opponents. Although there are many progressives who are dissatisfied with Obama, I have tried the last four years to see the challenge he has faced, and the ruthless determination of Republicans to antagonize and obstruct Obama. Obama has negotiated to no avail, and if anything, he has tried too hard to work with men who were not interested in working with him.
For me, this means my dissatisfaction is not with, and will never be with Obama. And instead of giving up on the President because all of my aspirations haven't been met in four years, it's time to fight all the harder on his side the next four.