Great Speech

And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
I think most of the world would really like to that statement to be true.
If you didn’t see it (and I did not, unfortunately) you should read it. Here’s hoping the man is who he says he is!

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  1. I downloaded it first thing this morning (through Firefox’s toolbar option, very slick) and then not only watched it but showed it to my three classes. We are studying Jefferson’s Declaration at the moment, so it fit very well.
    My initial reaction was that it was good, but a little tame. But the more I watched, the more my appreciation for it grew. He touched a lot of bases, and he didn’t flinch from saying what needed to be said.
    To give Bush his due, he didn’t flinch during the speech either, which considering that Obama verbally turned around and kicked him in the teeth about five times, is remarkably restrained.
    Then having dismissed the dismal Bush years in several well-turned phrases, Obama went into the White House and his first act of government was to suspend what is happening in Guantanamo for 120 days. Which means permanently. Good speech. An even better first move.

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