I believe most of you have seen, if not, read the inauguration speech given by President Barack Obama. By comparison, the speech is not as bombastic as the ones given during his election campaigns. His speech did not even end off with the usual rock style celebration which many felt disappointed, including myself… I turn off the TV and went straight back to bed. This morning as I watched the repeat telecast of his speech, give a thought about it and finally found the sense in it.
1. The first presidency speech usually marks the branding or tone that will depict the way a president will run the nation. And to tackle the greatest economic crisis since the great depression in 1929, President Obama has to first wakes the nation. We are living in reality and if there is no pain, we couldn’t have evolved or progress to where we are today. He reminds us how the forefathers of United States overcome adversities by fighting with real blood and tears in the cold winter for a common goal - the future generations.
2. Getting the priorities right. In the previous presidency, the priorities were all wrong - sending soldiers to war, helping corporate expansion, controlling oil prices and output. Instead, priorities should be sending more people to schools, improving the medical system and finding ways to be more energy efficient or environmental friendly. The $850 Billion stimulus package that his office proposed should do just that.
3. Isn’t it better to have one more friend than a foe? If you are willing to lend a hand to your friend, open your heart to an enemy and make a stranger felt at home, the world would be a better place. President Obama wants US to open up to all nations in the world including the little village in Africa which his father was born.
4. He admits, it is not an easy task and time is required. Nevertheless, he is confident the problem will be solve, as always. The first 100 days will be the crucial period. Politicians, economists and the world will be watching and benchmarking him. Can he live up to expectation? Only time can tell…