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What some political experts are saying about President Barack Obama's inauguration speech



Steven Schier, political scientist, Carleton College: “The president sought to link the agenda of contemporary liberalism to American political tradition and the principles of the American founding. He also called citizens to be active, a reference to his political organization's oncoming grassroots activism. On foreign policy, he signaled an end to war and a strategy of soft power multilateral engagement. He seemed to raise the stakes on entitlement reform by mentioning Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid in the text of the speech, signalling a firm support of those programs. His linkage of Stonewall to Selma and Seneca Falls signaled endorsement of the latest initiatives of social liberalism. Overall, about 80-90 percent of the speech was a repetition of his 2008 agenda.  He clearly feels that is adequate for 2013.”

Edward Scott Adler, political scientist, University of Colorado: “A ringing endorsement of a strong and vigorous federal government -- its contributions, its responsibilities, and its possibilities."

-- Compiled by Louis Jacobson, Tampa Bay Times

[Last modified: Monday, January 21, 2013 4:19pm]


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