It Takes More Than a Speech

President Obama hit a new low in today’s Rasmussen poll. His total disapproval is at 57 percent, against 42 percent approval – a 15 point spread. We are a long way from the soaring vision he set forth in his Inaugural Address two-and-a-half years ago:

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas that for far too long have strangled our politics.

It was an impressive list of things whose end was proclaimed by means of a speech: fear, conflict, discord, petty grievances, false promises, recriminations, worn-out dogmas – gone in one election and two sentences.

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It Takes More Than a Speech

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