Today is the day…
I’m secretly fascinated. Generally I’m entirely sceptical about everyone and everything involved in politics, so why do I think this guy is any different? I suppose because he talks my talk. Now, of course, he has to walk the walk. If he does, he has the chance to change the world.
C-Span have a series of Presidential inauguration speeches on Youtube.
Jack Kennedy in 1961 is particularly fascinating. So many people today will be comparing the new guy with him and in particular judging today’s inaugural speech against his. Listen though. Great speech maker that he was, this wasn’t one of his best:
It also has FDRs first of four(!) inaugurations in 1933. A stand against the growing tide of fascism and “fear itself”:
Then there’s Dwight Eisenhower’s in 1953. He the old warhorse who, by the end of his terms would be warning against the “military-industrial complex”:
Ronald Wilson Reagan:
George H. W. Bush:
No Jimmy Carter? 😦
The most interesting speech for me today is one from 2004. The keynote speech to that year’s Democratic National Congress was given by Illinois senate candidate…
They knew they had a star in the making, just a shame he was pitching for such a wuss…
He talks the talk, radical for a world where the politics of the bland and the middle is the norm in so many places. We all just hope, for all our sakes that he means it.
If he does, it could change everything, for all of us, as the likes of Lincoln, FDR and Truman did before him.