Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Obama’s First Address to Congress - Ambitious, Optimistic

Wind turbines and solar panels, health care reform (universal) this year . . . catching up to Germany and Japan in solar energy, catching up to Europe in education, bringing the troops home by 2010. . . and more . . . Obama said:

We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.

It was downright astounding to hear a president so ambitious, so determined to actually solve the problems we have been living with for seemingly forever. In my lifetime, I have never heard a president express such optimistic ambition. For sure there will be much to criticize about the specifics, but it felt good to hear the optimism and the determination to rise to the many challenges.

We have more cynicism in this country than is good for the soul.

Hillary looked great! And so did Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Kate Phillips at The Caucus live-blogged Obama's optimistic and amazingly ambitious speech.
NY Times: Obama Assures Nation: ‘We Will Rebuild’
Full text of Obama's speech to Congress and the nation