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Obama's 2nd inauguration speech: 'too partisan'?

Post by skwalker1964 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 12:29 am

I've been reading about the criticism by Republicans of President Barack Obama's inauguration speech:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/22/obama-inauguration-speech-republican-compromise

Republicans claim the speech was too partisan, and that he failed to 'reach out' to the right. My own view is that after the Republican's obstructive tactics and entrenched positions during his first term, President Obama is exactly right. The Republicans have been holding out for massive spending and tax cuts for a budget agreement, and such people and such demands are so extreme that 'compromise' would amount to surrender - and apparently they're already backtracking in the face of his obdurate stance and likely to vote for at least a further extension to the deadline.

But I'm an outsider looking in, and curious about the opinion(s) of our US members on the whole issue.
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Re: Obama's 2nd inauguration speech: 'too partisan'?

Post by Shirina on Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:39 am

I loved Obama's 2nd inauguration speech. Those of us leaning toward or completely on the left side of center have been waiting (somewhat impatiently) for Obama to be who he really is. All of this "reaching across the aisle" nonsense equates to the old adage, "Give a mouse a cookie, he'll want a glass of milk." The Republicans have no interest in reaching across the aisle - so the farther Obama has to reach in order to meet the GOP, the further to the right Obama ends up drifting. That is something we do NOT want - at all. We've been hoping that, without the worry of re-election, Obama will start taking a tougher stance against the irrationality of the right-wing politicians, especially those in the Tea Party and the extreme right.
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Post by oftenwrong on Wed Jan 23, 2013 10:43 am

With four years experience of unrelenting resentment and obstruction from a Republican House, Obama surely knows that he is never likely to receive much help from that direction, so whatever he hopes to achieve will have to be done on his own. He's begun, and for at least eighteen months has nothing to fear from the electoral process.

http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/22/republican-senate-leadership-slams-obamas-speech/
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Re: Obama's 2nd inauguration speech: 'too partisan'?

Post by skwalker1964 on Wed Jan 23, 2013 6:48 pm

Excellent! It's not just me then.. Smile
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Re: Obama's 2nd inauguration speech: 'too partisan'?

Post by Phil Hornby on Wed Jan 23, 2013 7:53 pm

And isn't it so reminiscent of how right-wing complainers act here...?
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Post by tlttf on Thu Jan 24, 2013 7:07 am

No.

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Post by Phil Hornby on Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:42 am

Commendable brevity. Just leaves the credibility to address ... Very Happy
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