The central tenet of the speech bound civic virtue with an active government and a social-safety net, coupled with the ritual reaffirmation of socially liberal causes like gay marriage. Together, noted Obama, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel, commerce and that free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure...fair play. A more forceful remark (perhaps at Romneys gaffe) declared that Medicare & Social Security do not make us a nation of takers but free us to take the risks that make this country great. A surprising aspect was the attention he paid to the cause of climate change denied by most of the GOPby promising to respond to its threat.
What the speech lacked was a concession to the opposition that Obama may have needed to get the recalcitrant GOP to cooperatea sincere ponder over the deficit would have done the trick, but instead Obama bluntly refused tochoose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. Nonetheless, in terms of substance, rhetoric and structure, there is more than enough in this inaugural address for Rahul Gandhi to learn from.