Obama Taking Gloves Off: Overview of President Obama’s Second Inaugural Address
After making it through what will go down as one of the most contentious elections in recent history, President Barrack Obama earlier made his second inaugural address. This speech, which according to most who heard it, had more of a progressive feel and what many deem as a new strategy for governing. Most of the recent comments about President Obama have been relative to his new approach. As Piers Morgan said on CNN Monday night, Obama seems to be “taking his gloves off” so to speak, and tackling significant issues more aggressively.
During his first 4 years as President, Obama improved the economy and administered the creation of more jobs in 2010, lowered taxes for average American families and small businesses, and passed comprehensive health care reform with the passing of the Affordable Care Act. From the sound of today’s speech, it seems like the President plans to become even more avid in his second term.
The Washington Post released a transcript of Obama’s speech late Monday evening. If you missed it, here are 5 main points of Obama’s powerful and progressive speech:
1. Women need to earn as much as their male counterparts.
“Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.”
2. Acceptance of homosexuality is necessary in society now more than ever.
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal, as well.”
3. Opportunity should not be limited to only those who were born in America.
“Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity, until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.”
4. Being a powerful nation is not synonymous with being a war-loving nation.
“We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.”
5. Let’s think about sustainability and respecting the earth while continuing to be an advancing nation.
“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity . . . The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But American cannot resist this transition. We must lead it.”
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