A powerful inauguration speech, deeply reminiscent of a southern Baptist declaration from the pulpit, but I take no issue with that.
The commentators were keen that we should get the message that this election represented an end to racial divisions in the US – unfortunately, if that were true, then the loudest cheers we heard would not have been for the non-too-subtle reminders that the ‘leader’ of the African-American race had been elected President. Were that true, it would have remained unsaid.
He dropped some heavy hints in there – so many regarding the use of fuel that I was quite expecting him to say that there would be no petrol for anyone to drive home. Hints too, that the workshy could no longer coast along in peace, nor could prolifigate Government departments expect to receive unlimited funding for any but the most essential tasks.
There were some intelligent olive branches offered and some discretely worded warnings.
It all sounded suspiciously like ‘smaller government, intelligent housekeeping, consumption from productive involvement’.
If he lives up to that, he will be a Democrat that I can support.