In terms of domestic policy, Obama came across as a classic new frontier liberal: full of talk of opportunity and personal responsibility. On foreign policy, Obama made clear he represented a break with the Bush administration while striking a hawkish tone.
Obama was restrained today, more so than I expected. This was not an address like Obama’s Jefferson Jackson one in Iowa that kick-started his campaign or his 2004 Convention address. But it was presidential, sober and ready for the challenges ahead. It was a cautious but impressive start to his presidency.