I realize many of you are likely rolling your eyes at yet another website devoting coverage to President Obama’s inauguration this morning. You’re probably wondering what I could possibly write that hasn’t been mentioned somewhere else. Good question; I can’t. Won’t even try. I’m posting simply for posterity’s sake.
Since I fully plan on spending my silver years trolling through this old site in an attempt to remember my youth, or at the very least try to point out the precise moment it all went wrong, I feel compelled to write in on this historic day — not to obsess, not to gloat, not to blather like an obsessed stalker half-wit — but to recount the excerpt from the President’s speech that affected me the most. The part I want to remember.
Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.
What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.
Chills. No lie.
And with that, President, it’s time to begin repairing this country. We kinda need your help. Ready set go.