Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Over at TNR, John Judis races to be the first to diss the inaugural address, calling it a "hodgepodge," and the talkbackers pile on to take sides.

I have to say, Judis completely lost me on this one. The speech was beautifully delivered, spoke to our better angels, and had a rational progression:

Hi, everybody, we are in some deep shit. Who cares who's to blame. We're Americans, and we can dig out, if everybody grabs a shovel and if we get past all those false choices, all that either-or, blue-vs-red, GOP-vs-Dem, Free Market-or- Socialism-and-no-in-between bullshit. Here's a few high points of my domestic and foreign policy agendas everybody knows already. Let's finish up with inspiration, exhortations to courage, and calls to service and responsibility, all liberally (if you'll forgive) sprinkled with totally appropriate historical allusions, confidence in the American spirit, and praise of inclusion and tolerance. So let's get to work. God bless us, every one, cuz we're gonna need it.

It was an incantation, calling forth the archetypes that lie in the collective unconscious of America, and an eloquent affirmation that those powers belong to us all.

That's what I heard. Then I went back to work.

So for today the speech was just right.

What will be the ultimate verdict on the inaugural address of Barack Hussein Obama? I don't know. But I do know that verdict won't be passed down by Mr. John Judis. History will judge this speech and, as always, She will do it in Her own good time.

So take a chill pill, everybody, and try to savor the moment. No matter what happens tomorrow, today was a good day.

1 comment:

Steve Eley said...

Totally with you, Dr. 3D. I watched it at work -- the organization downstairs from us had their projector set up in the conference room and everyone brought snacks. My emotional reaction while watching it was, "I am listening to a great man speak the truth of his own heart."

I have never in my life felt that way about a politician. So it struck me powerfully.

I also realized that I could just be getting carried away by a skillful delivery, and that whether he meant it all or not, it would be nearly impossible for him to deliver on all of the expectations that have been placed on him. But for the time being, I've decided not to care. It feels good to believe in a leader. To truly believe, and want to contribute.

If he screws up tomorrow, it won't be because I believed. There's no downside I can think of. For now, I cannot think of a rational reason to deprive myself of this good feeling.