The inaugural address will be different. Obama will use his first trip to the presidential bully-pulpit to give him even more momentum and the power to push Congress to quickly pass the bills he wants on the books. Obama’s decision to invite parallels to Abraham Lincoln shows that this cautious politician is confident his remarks on Tuesday can stand comparison.
Only three presidents in the twentieth century-- FDR, Kennedy and Reagan—gave truly great inaugural addresses. You can be a good president without giving a good speech as Eisenhower and Truman proved. But it is those who can use the power of words and ideas to move the electorate who tend to reshape how America sees itself as a country. Obama will start on that process on Tuesday.
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