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Obama's Great Awakening

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This writer has often shared the mortification of progressives in President Obama's persistent willingness to compromise to get what he can get instead of rising above mediocrity to fight for all that he should get. Few of us ever consider that, historically, it often takes a new President, on average, two years to adjust to the full measure of the power of his office. Watching and listening to the President's first address to the nation from the Oval Office, I felt first immediate disappointment in his inability to pair his inspirational oratory with the flow of words from the teleprompter; then a gradual sense that, though not FDR or JFKesque, nonetheless, I was witnessing an unfolding banner announcing Obama had finally grown into the shoes of the presidency: that his actions listed as taken to bring the Deepwater disaster under control spoke more loudly than any of his words of rebuke and prayer could.

Oh, how deeply disappointed were many of the pundits who had gathered for the immediate reviews when the President had finished: from all of FOX, MSNBC, and most of those at CNN, though not all. I was among the under whelmed until I took the time to read the speech to separate the taint of expecting drama or lack thereof as the lone qualifier for thumbs up or thumbs down.

So I broke the speech down to three areas:

(1) What did the President say he has done about this catastrophe?

(2) What did the President promise to do?

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Retired, Robert Arend was president of an AFSCME local from 1997-2007.
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