January 21, 2009

"A stark repudiation of George W. Bush"

Obama's inauguration speech delivered a "searing indictment" of the Bush residency.

"That we are in the midst of crisis is now well-understood," Obama said pointedly as Bush sat a few feet away, probing a nostril. "Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking America."

Not since Franklin Roosevelt rebuked Herbert Hoover as a Satanic, baby-devouring carbuncle has an incoming president offered such a stinging critique of the outgoing one without kicking him in the goolies or throwing him bodily off the dais.

There was also a swipe at the bitter partisan battles that have shaped Washington politics. Obama proclaimed an end to "the petty grievances and false promises, the bending over like willing eunuchs, the spineless caving and hypocritical posturing that for far too long have strangled our politics."

Well, he should have.

And in a line that brought a gasp and applause from the enormous audience on the National Mall, Obama declared: "As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals."

In other words, fuck you and your surrender-monkey "watch what you say" bullcrap, repukes. There's a new sheriff in town and he ain't taking any of your shit.