The New York Times
provides a fantastic analysis of Obama's speech, which I felt was exactly the right speech given at the right time to a nation - and world - that needed to hear exactly this. It wasn't given to "flights of poetry," as some Democratic speech-writer-hack dude said he thought it should have been, and it didn't have lines that popped out to make easy sound-bytes, and it didn't tell us that everything would be better tomorrow and everything's okay.
Instead, Obama went point-by-point through the errors we as a nation made that led us to where we are today, and just about every point was a criticism of the smirking jerk sitting behind him who led our nation along the path to near-destruction, the man who said, "Stop throwing the Constitution in my face. It's just a goddamned piece of paper!
But even more important, Obama did now dwell on each critique, instead pointing a light to show the path out of this hell we're in today. He said it won't be easy, and we'll all have to work together to fix things and create change, but if we do, we can live in a bright future.
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I have to admit that I wasn't sure of this man during the early primary race. I didn't know anything about him. But what I've learned since gives me such hope, and his oratory skills provide such opportunity for people to hear and understand, that I now believe the worst he can do is better than the best Bush ever managed.
We can all be proud that we've put Obama into this position, and we can stop feeling apologetic about our nation's leadership and actions.
For the first time in as long as I can remember, I'm proud of our President.