Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Congratulations, President Obama

President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address has won over at least one member of SpunkyHomeschool - my five year old daughter, Elaina. She is now singing the praises of Barack Obama. Her reason? She likes his smile. Obama is very telegenic; but thankfully, the rest of the members of the Spunky household are not as easily swayed.

Obama's speech did have a few memorable moments, but overall it seemed a flat and not at all what I had expected. However, the phrase "new age" was used a couple of times and caught my attention.
"That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age."

"Everywhere we look, there is work to be done... And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do. "
To what "new age" is he referring that requires hard choices we have previously failed to make and also the transformation of our colleges and universities? I guess we're about to find out.

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