Obama's Inaugural Address: Don't Expect Specifics
He'll emphasize 'founding values,' get to agenda in State of the Union
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2013 7:20 AM CST
Updated Jan 21, 2013 7:57 AM CST
This Jan. 20, 2009 file photo shows President Barack Obama delivering his inaugural address on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

(Newser) – President Obama will take to the mic at noon today to share his vision for the next four years with the country, and while guns, immigration, and other big issues loom, those tuning in should expect generalities rather than details. The AP spoke with aides who say there's no new policy in the speech, which is par for the course, a former speechwriter tells CBS. "An inaugural is a specific kind of speech. It's not a stump speech. It's not a partisan speech. It's not a policy speech." The result is akin to a "Hallmark card," quips a historian. "Filled with sentimental, feel-good, uplifting, patriotic language."

David Plouffe said yesterday on CNN that Obama's "detailed agenda and blueprint" will come in his Feb. 12 State of the Union address. "We view these speeches as a package," said Plouffe, per Politico. The words he and other insiders are bandying about? "It’s a hopeful speech," Valerie Jarrett told Real Clear Politics, one that emphasizes "those founding values and principles that have always guided our country so well."

  • The other big story line of the speech: It's obviously Obama's second such address, and as author Ronald C. White Jr. writes for the New York Times, "second inaugurals have not fared well in American history." He argues that the only exception to the rule was Abraham Lincoln's March 5, 1865 speech ("With malice toward none, with charity for all..."), which succeeded because he broke three second-inaugural commonalities. He kept it to a slim 701 words (everyone from Jefferson to Clinton to George W. spoke longer during their second go-round); used "I" only once; and wasn't predictable (he didn't address expected topics like how the Confederacy should be treated post-defeat).
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ppaca
Jan 21, 2013 12:12 PM CST
0bama doesn't know how to make anythng other than a stump speech. His overuse of the word "I" has become expected. He considers himself to BE the government. He is THAT arrogant.
gmcft
Jan 21, 2013 11:51 AM CST
IF anyone can "PROVE" by documentation that Obama's eligibility has been confirmed, please post the documention and/or source so I may investigate it. The congressional document (April 3, 2009 CRS memorandum) confirms no one – not Congress, not the states and not election officials – bothered to check Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president, and that status remains undocumented to this day.No official vetting of Obama’s credentials has been done – not by the 50 secretaries of state who oversee elections, not by the Federal Elections Commission that administers the nation’s elections laws, not by the Electoral College, not by any judge in America, not by Congress, not by anyone. The analysis by the Congressional Research Service, a research arm of the U.S. Congress, openly admits no one in the federal government, including Congress, ever asked to see Obama’s long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate. The CRS is a public policy research arm of the United States Congress that is organized as a legislativebranch agency within the Library of Congress; the CRS works exclusively for members of Congress, congressional committees and congressional staff in an advisory capacity, answering questions. Obama’s campaign has given the names of two different Hawaiian hospitals where he was supposed to have been born (Kapiolani Medical Center and Queens Medical Center, both in Honolulu). No one has been able to confirm the birth from either hospital’s records. Between November 20 and December 2 of 2008, 13 separate Hawaiian hospitals were contacted to determine if Obama had been born there. None of them could or would confirm it was the facility where he was born. Both Barack Obama and his half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng have, on separate occasions, described BOTH hospitals as Obama's birthplace. He did not ever release his birth certificate. Obama insisted for 3 ½ years that the short form was the only one. Then he releases the long form that mysteriously appeared. Both of these forms are “computer generated” copies of his alleged birth certificate – not copies of the original "hospital generated" birth certificate. Additionally, at least 26 experts have come forward publicly to present Obama’s documents as forgeries with numerous mistakes. January 18, 2011 Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in an interview published today that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Barack Obama may not exist within the vital records maintained by the Hawaii Department of Health. The Governor could not find the original birth certificate and still has not located it. Tim Adams, a senior elections clerk for the city and county of Honolulu in 2008, has maintained that there is no long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate on file with the Hawaii Department of Health and that neither Honolulu hospital – Queens Medical Center or Kapiolani Medical Center - has any record that Obama was born there. All of this is inconsequential because the argument Obama’s Presidential eligibility has NEVER been about Obama’s birth certificate. Even if Obama’s released documents contain accurate data - It proves he is not eligible to be President by his own admission. A “Natural Born” citizen is one born from both parents that are American citizens. This was confirmed by the 2008 Senate Resolution 511. Obama’s father was never an American citizen; therefore Obama is ineligible to be President. IF anyone can "PROVE" by documentation that Obama's eligibility has been confirmed, please post the documention and/or source so I may investigate it.
ronimaca
Jan 21, 2013 11:30 AM CST
guess you are wrong.