Any other president would fear putting an obviously hypocritical phrase like that in his speech, fearing that the mass media would highlight stories exposing you. Obama doesn’t have to worry about that.
Then there is the theme of: “What, me president?” As it appears here:
Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.
I cannot think of one thing that Obama has either proposed or done to help those on the streets of Detroit or the hills of Appalachia.
Newtown, on the other hand, offers a rationale for gun control.
There is not a single sentence of the speech in which he refers specifically to anything he did in his first term.
And again, we are told that the crisis is so humongous that there’s no time to waste, so pass the bill without reading it: “For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay.” Indeed, Obama even admits that this rush will make a mess. In another sentence no previous president would have dared to utter, he says: “We must act, knowing that our work will be imperfect.” You mean like spending lots of money that is entirely wasted, or doing things that kill jobs in the name of creating jobs?
Obama’s second inaugural speech is — in the context of his previous actions and statements — arguably the most shocking speech an American president has made in the last century.