By Ryan McGreal
Published January 20, 2009
I just watched newly-minted US President Barack Obama's inspiring inauguration speech. It must have been cathartic for Americans to hear Obama's words after eight years of unremitting Bush douchebaggery.
(For me this catharsis was the tinged with bitterness over the comparatively dysfunctional Canadian political situation. Oh, for a Canuckistanian Obama - and Michael Ignatieff ain't it.)
Obama has said before that he admires the late former US President Ronald Reagan's ability to reach across the aisle and inspire Americans to believe in a larger purpose. Reagan won in 1980 largely on the strength of his "Morning in America" campaign contrasted against the doom and gloom (however prescient) of President Carter.
That admiration for Reagan's ability to transcend partisanship through inspiration was clearly on display today, as Obama balanced a clear awareness of the crises and challenges facing the country with an inspiring optimism grounded in the most basic American mythology (I mean that in a positive sense) of liberty and common purpose.
Basically, Obama is Reagan without all the crazy: a moderate conservative with sharp instincts, smart advisors and a clear understanding that change comes from the credible promise of something better, not simply from criticism of the status quo.
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