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I wish President Obama luck. I liked this paragraph from his speech:
To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
To his credit, Obama looked and acted exactly as I have always pictured a president should look and act. He appeared to be very serious about the job and I truly think he cares more about results than about his legacy. I cannot say the same of his two predecessors. He reminds me of Reagan.
Reagan and Obama are opposites politically, but they are confident, optimistic and charming. I made the connection while watching Obama at the Youth Ball on Tuesday night. The Youth Ball was attended by people 18-35 years old. After slow-dancing with his wife, he walked over to the mic, picked it up and told the crowd of youngsters, “That’s what’s called old-school.” The room went crazy. We have in this president another Great Communicator.