Obama Unbound: The Next Four Years

Barack Obama’s second inaugural address this wintry but sunny Monday morning was at one and the same time astonishing, unexpected in both its content and thrust, but also a perfect expression of the tonality of this man, our 44th president, and therefore unsurprising–at least to the handful of pundits, like me, who by the end of 2008 had come to understand him well.

This our nation’s 57th inaugural address is not what any of the former presidential speechwriters interviewed on TV over the last few days predicted. ¬†Obama did not deliver what political wise ones, such as the men and women quoted in the Sunday¬†New York Times, asked for from him. (more…)

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