Speaker of the Truth?

     On January 21, 2013, Barack Hussein Obama was sworn into office for his second term.  It is a day that can be noted in history books to come that an African-American male was sworn into office as the President of the United States for the second time.  Inauguration day is always a day that is remembered by all Americans that were alive during that time.  However, not many people that attend the inauguration can fully listen to the words that come from the president’s mouth.
     Pres. Obama had some confidence with his word choice in this speech.  He started off with a reference to our founding documents, the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.  He profoundly stated the one quote that is known by all Americans: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
     Pres. Obama then goes on to give a brief history lesson of our country.  He also goes on to give some great positive crutch words, by saying that we are heading out of the recession and economic prosperity is within our grasp.  He then lays out his agenda for the next four years.  He addresses gay marriage, equal opportunity, climate change, immigration, women’s rights, national security, the economy, clean energy, and foreign affairs.  He does not really delve into the details of each point but gives a brief overview of his opinion.  He also repeats the phrase, “we, the people” throughout his speech, to show that he does care about the founding documents.  He concludes his speech with some more positive crutch phrases, saying that we need to uphold what our founding fathers wanted. 
     The one thing that is very interesting about Obama’s speech is his reference to three places: Selma, Seneca Falls, and Stonewall.  For those unaware of what makes these three places significant, Selma is the starting point of the March to D.C. conducted by Martin Luther King.  Seneca Falls is the place of origin of the women’s suffrage movement, and Stonewall is where the gay rights movement started in 1969.  All three places are places where minorities rose up to receive the freedom and the rights that they deserved.  Obama using this in his speech is a subtle hint at what his plans are for the upcoming four years: social issues. 
     Overall, his speech was very hypocritical.  He spoke about how the government needs to “revamp the tax code,” when he was against that in his past term, passing up any legislation that was brought to him about the tax code.  He also spoke about how we need to “revamp our government.”  He did that in his first term by making government big and made government interfere with many things in society.  He said that he is going to keep the bipartisan movement going.  When has there ever been any bipartisanship during his first term?  It was never there because he would not allow it.  He would rarely look at the other party’s legislation and sometimes would even dismiss it. 

     Obama now has four more years to actually put forward his own platform.  During his first term, he seemed very timid on some issues and would not really address the hot social issues.  He was very focused on getting a second term and tried not to offend the other party.  Now, Obama does not have to worry about an upcoming election because he, obviously, cannot run for a third term.  Expect some drastic changes over the next four years, changes that will personally affect every single citizen of the United States.  These changes will infringe on one’s daily life and one’s pocketbook.  More money will be taken out of the taxpayer’s pocket.  The one they call a great, charismatic speaker may not be the speaker of truth.

About The Author
Karli Bell
Karli is a college freshman at Ohio University, studying broadcast journalism. She is originally from Chicago, IL.