January 21, 2009

Schneider: Tone of Obama speech right for the times

Posted: 08:18 AM ET

By Bill Schneider
CNN Senior Political Analyst

President Obama's inaugural address was cooler, more measured and reassuring than that of other presidents making it, perhaps, the right speech for the times.

Some inaugural addresses are known for their soaring, inspirational language. Like John F. Kennedy's in 1961: "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

Obama's address was less stirring, perhaps, but it was also more candid and down-to-earth.

"Starting today," the new president said, "we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin the work of remaking America." 

Read the rest of Schneider's commentary HERE

Filed under: Inauguration • Larry King Live • President Obama

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Brenda   January 21st, 2009 9:17 am ET

Last I checked our country was in a recession. I thought Obama was all about helping the American people. Americans are losing jobs and losing their homes, but it okay to spend 180 million on him being treated like the Messiah?? Can't that money go to much better use....our economy is down the toilet, but 180 million dollars can be spent on Obama's inauguration??? Explain that to the American people, Obama!!!!!!!!! Try to convince me that none of my tax money is going to pay for that spectacle!!!

Jaison   January 21st, 2009 9:44 am ET


I think President Obama knows what people wanna hear from him,
and that's what his doing. when he talked 1st time in Boston at that time he found out with people's response. so he continued during election time and he will continue speak what people wanna hear next 4 yrs. no doubt he is great speaker. as he says we'll able to meet our all challenges then he is living in la la land. it's easy to speak but reality is diff. i just wanna wish him best of luck and i hope what he has been telling us and at the end comes out to be true.

susan Maltz   January 21st, 2009 10:41 am ET

Yesterday was about celebrating our first African- American President, today when he starts work it's about the character of the man.

Mathew Owens   January 21st, 2009 12:23 pm ET

Dear Mr.Larry King,

The congress and Senate trying to figure the economy as NAFTA CAFTA sent so many jobs overseas and across borders. Those jobs where the work of so many past administrations fighting unemployment stats, states had given those companies insentives and deals to gain them. Now the BUSH CLINTON NAFTA CAFTA has allowed them to move across borders and oceans to gain access to cheap labor. NAFTA CAFTA allowed the so much past work, to be undemined for the sake of cheap labor, now with riseing fuel costs, Now most these products cost more than if they'd been manufactored at home.

Large corporations management engineers and CEO's make large salaries in comparison to those doing the manual work assembly and etc, yet they complain about product manufactoring costs, Not that mangers and etc don't deserve a decent wage but so do they that do the repetitve tasks. Part of the encentive of being in management is that you are not doing the repitive tasks, for with out assembly workers is the product as great, The balance in wages has become way out of whack... to put it simply...

During every war there is a recession and more so afterwards. The history of these facts the Bush Admin GOP, did not plan for that is self evident now with our economy, Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

Yes, I watched most innaguaration yesterday, President Obama's speech was very honest open and revealed he has great insight and depth of study in worlds religion, and comprehends the charity of the human spirit , there was those that discussed the help he recieved as it was written, as President Obama revealed it to us with greatness of heart, as his delievery was with conviction.

As man seeks to undestand god, if God wasn't then it would be necessary for man to invent God, the sooner we acept the fact we are all Lords of the Earth and start treating one another in that respect, we all will be better off... that is what Jesus Christ the mesiah was trying to teach US ALL, over 2000 years ago..

Mathew Owens   January 21st, 2009 1:11 pm ET

PS,,, As Obama told weatherman Al it was warm,, as Obama warmed the hearts of millions in freezing temputures, as many debate if Jesus fed the multitudes with few fish and loves of bread, My eyes watered, with love and respect for a man, I am proud to call President.

Mike, Zephyrhills, FL   January 21st, 2009 1:47 pm ET

Yeah we will never know whos words were behind some of those great speeches . Obama , did he write it or not?

Kennedy didnt write his!! too much credit goes to the President.

Bush couldnt even complete a sentence and sure couldnt write a speech.

When politics took over the man, and created puppets instead of Leaders and leadership. Words mean nothing anymore!!!

Mathew Owens   January 21st, 2009 2:08 pm ET

Obama edited the speech and delievered it, and words with conviction thou wordsspoken by Collen Powell loaded with lies proved on national TV, and Provided to Collen Powell lead us into war based on lies and deciet. Even President Bush in a comment proclaimed his hardest thing was trying to prove that Saddam Hessien was connected to 911. George Bush was the greatest ___________. How you finish that sentence is your concept of your denail, lies to self.

Words in lies, with sloth, envy,deciet and self pride might bring forth a war based on same, guess that why Phil Donahue was banned from tv, cause he might want a honest open debate on reasons to go to war, instead of the pencil whipped reasons the Lord George Bush created... DUH !

Mathew Owens   January 21st, 2009 2:34 pm ET

... PS I'm still PISSED off at a large portion of the meada for puffing up Karl Rove as a political genius, When he was nothing but a carrot farmer on a southern plantation

Mathew Owens   January 21st, 2009 3:02 pm ET

,one last note, Al Franken thank you for standing up and demanding a reccount as Al Gore should have, As John Kerry presented a honest open campaign in 2004, As America let meada slander a good man America you got the government you desrved the last eight years,,, you need to think on that... Karl Rove politcal genius,, that's radicle right for you.

Mathew Owens   January 21st, 2009 3:12 pm ET

PS Conneticut continues to re-elect the two faced Joe Libberman...

later taters, don't get peeled/////////////

Mathew Owens   January 21st, 2009 3:16 pm ET

you can delete this one, in spirit of Phil Donahueisium, but what ya gonna do with that two faced Libbermann on capitol Hill, ps let Larry see this at least, bet he laughs,,, all best Mat.

jjohn53   January 21st, 2009 4:29 pm ET

As I am proud of our new President Barack Obama.I was wondering if President Obama takes offense or his family as he is only referred to as an African American.I am Asian/White, my wife is African American and if someone only referred my child as just as an African American I would take an offense to it.

curtis rogers   January 21st, 2009 4:37 pm ET

can you tell the tax payers how much the best cost ? the new limo for oboma the presedent thanks. if you can find out curt rogers fontana cal

curtis rogers   January 21st, 2009 4:37 pm ET

can you tell the tax payers how much the best cost ? the new limo for oboma the presedent thanks. if you can find out curt rogers fontana cal

Jason   January 21st, 2009 4:54 pm ET

His speech is similar to kennedy's in that he made clear that in order to fix america it is not only the goverments job, but also the job of our nations citizens to help eachother and their communities. Also he set up in a strong way his platform on foriegn policy toward enemies of the state, by saying if you attack america we will not back down but we will overcome you and defeat you. This showed to the world the United States policy toward attacks domestic and abroad.

Sherry   January 21st, 2009 6:29 pm ET

I am a registered Democrat and was very embarrassed by the way some of the crowd treated President Bush during the inauguration. There should be respect for every President. Where were these people brought up? They were beyond rude!

hugh ~ california   January 21st, 2009 7:54 pm ET

I am a registered American. Boo-Hoo, poor George "W!" Granted, the booing was unfortunate, but as you put it "beyond rude," that's a bit beyond a stretch.
As soon as Bush left Washington and touched down in Texas he was quite in love with himself, bragging to the media about what a great job he did for the last eight years. Now that's rude, and beyond belief!

sherry from TX   January 21st, 2009 8:44 pm ET

Oprah had her woolies on & Ugg boots..must have been cold out there..but the inaguration warmed out hearts & souls ....will the Bushes learn how to cook now ?...

Nam(South Korea,Busan)   January 21st, 2009 9:02 pm ET

I think obama's speech right time and exact words.

He and his fellow citizens remake the America.

evon   January 21st, 2009 9:45 pm ET

Allow individuals to withdraw funds from their retirement (IRA) account without penalty

evon Jax., FL   January 21st, 2009 9:54 pm ET

Help mainstreet by allowing the working class to withdraw funds from their retirement account without the IRS penalizing individuals who need the funds NOW!

tonywashington   January 21st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

This was the greatest day of my life. To see and witness this historic event meant alot to me. To be a young black male in america, the greatest country in the world and not feel accepted as an american until I seen a man that l could relate to became the leader of the free world means a great deal to all young blacks in the US.

tonywashington   January 21st, 2009 10:39 pm ET

I'm pround to be an american. You can keep to african off the title. Now I feel just American and its feel good to "feel" equal

tonywashington   January 21st, 2009 10:40 pm ET

I'm proud to be an american. You can keep to african off the title. Now I feel just American and its feel good to "feel" equal

Linda Graves   January 21st, 2009 11:40 pm ET

Very well written speech and President Obama delivered it well.

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