We are hardy grumpy D.C. townies in my house, so we were proudly determined to avoid actually experiencing The Inauguration in person. When you do such a thing at home, it’s like Christmas. But better. Because this Santa talks about infrastructure and about closing Gitmo.
He says stuff like this:
As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
Hey. Dubya. You got something on your shirt. C’mere. Let me point out right where is is…see, right here…SWAT!
To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect.
To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
That last one is, for certain, this President’s “ask not what your country can do for you…” It smacks a lot of doctrine declaration, or, at least, of a marked retreat from the “Bush Doctrine.”