Obama's Speech a 'Home Run'

Right/left praise speech
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2009 2:41 PM CST
President Obama waves after he delivered his inaugural address at the US Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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(Newser) – The early reviews are in from Barack Obama’s inauguration address, and the news is positive. Here’s what the critics are saying:

  • At the National Review, Michael Knox Beran thought the speech was a “home run.” It predictably had “a few lines at which a conservative would cavil,” but impressed with its somber tone and deference to the founding fathers.
  • Jacob Heilbrun of the Huffington Post saw something else in the references to Washington and company. “He promised a new American revolution,” with a fresh generation renewing America’s promise.

  • Obama struck a somber tone right off the bat, speaking of humility, gratitude, and sacrifice, notes Nancy Gibbs for Time, sending the clear message that Obama would miss no opportunities, lead boldly, “and above all, tell the truth.”
  • It was the rare memorable inaugural address, and clearly written by Obama himself, says Robert Kaiser of the Washington Post, though he was surprised by the “shots he took at Bush, with the outgoing president sitting right there.”