Obama’s inauguration speech - To set aside childish things

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Sunday 1 February 2009

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks, you would have heard about Barrack Obama’s inauguration as the President of the United States of America. It was perhaps one of the most anticipated moments of recent American history, along with his inauguration speech. But despite all the politics, the publicity and the promotion, the moment and the speech came and went and America now has its first Black President. Having both heard and read the speech, I thought that I, like millions of others around the world, would offer my own critique and commentary on the speech. (Click here to read the full text of the speech)

What follows over the next few days is a look at the language and the words used in the speech, not on any political, economic, social or theological basis, but on the highly technical and completely objective basis of whether I liked them or not. Why? Because:

    “…the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring connection; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift of the internet, that noble idea of an information highway, passed on from web browser to web browser: the God-given promise that all blogs are created equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of pointlessness.”

So it has been and so it must be.


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