... Some inaugural speeches ... are hard to hear because they are so meaningless that the mind drifts off elsewhere. Most turn into a real political assertion at some point, usually suggesting that the banalities of the first half of the speech will be realized in policies proposed in the second half. This is usually the moment when vapidity turns into outright flimflammery. In today’s Inaugural, this moment came quite early, about four minutes into it ...
... If we ignore the rhetorical falsities and dig for the real meaning underneath them, the speech becomes almost fascinating.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Parsing Obama's inaugural speech