Earlier today, President Barack Obama took the oath of office in front of a crowd of hundreds of thousands of individuals and the full attention of the country’s media. And, while touting the importance of the American democracy, Mr. Obama also used the occasion to promote some of his policy goals for next four years.
“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” Mr. Obama said, for example, according to his prepared remarks. “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God.”
One of the most hotly anticipated elements of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s annual State of the State address today was his plan to enact “sweeping” gun control reforms in New York. In his speech, the governor outlined a seven-point gun control plan focused on “high-capacity assault rifles” that he promised would be one of the “toughest” in the nation and lead similar laws to spread beyond New York.
“Gun violence has been on a rampage as we know firsthand and as we know painfully,” said the governor. “We must stop the madness, my friends. In one word, it’s just ‘enough.’ It has been enough. We need a gun policy in this state that is reasonable, that is balanced, that is measured.”
Mitt Romney, unsuccessful in his second quest for the White House in four years, took a gracious exit in his concession speech tonight.
“I have just called President Obama to congratulate him on his victory. His supporters and his campaign all deserve congratulations,” Mr. Romney said to begin his address. “This is a time of great challenge for America and I pray the president will be successful in guiding our nation.”
As President Barack Obama prepares to give one of the most important speeches left in his political career at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, his reelection campaign has released excerpts of the address he’s delivering later tonight.
And step aside all of the other modern presidential election contests, Mr. Obama unsurprisingly plans to announce that this election will be the most important one yet.
“But when all is said and done – when you pick up that ballot to vote – you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. Over the next few years, big decisions will be made in Washington, on jobs and the economy; taxes and deficits; energy and education; war and peace – decisions that will have a huge impact on our lives and our children’s lives for decades to come,” Mr. Obama says in his prepared remarks.
Earlier today, Governor Andrew Cuomo took a rare foray outside of the Empire State to pay his partisan dues at the Democratic National Convention. His speech, which he oddly did not deliver in the convention hall itself despite Mr. Cuomo’s status as a large-state governor with astronomical approval ratings, indeed let his Democratic flag fly, blasting the Republican Party, Paul Ryan and the whole nine yards.
Both the local and national media, which have taken a strong interest in Mr. Cuomo as a top-tier contender for the White House after President Barack Obama leaves in 2016, understandably tended to frame his speech today in those terms. You can view a healthy sampling of the reviews below:
Move aside Paul Ryan, it looks like even the most widely-praised of speeches can be called out a few times.
To wit, Matt Apuzzo, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press reporter, took a thorough look at former President Bill Clinton’s fiery address last night and said certain segments were “wishful thinking at best” and “either cherry-picked facts or mischaracterized” the Republican position. The wire service even brought up Mr. Clinton’s Monica Lewinsky scandal and compared that to him calling out Mitt Romney’s campaign for its own lack of honesty.