St. Charles Herald-Guide

We had a big day this week

Our View - January 25, 2013

Monday was an eventful day in America, to say the least. It was the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. and the first black president of our country took the oath of office for the second time.

King was a hero in his day. He championed the defeat of one of our nationís biggest impediments to freedom - segregation.

Meanwhile, it was a family day for our president. Wife Michelle was as cheerful as ever with her delightful smile overseeing everything and her two young children, Malia and Sasha, skipping about in the cold air of Washington D. C. Sasha, incidentally, was seen yawning during the speech of her father who was later seen chewing on gum while enjoying the attention of the huge crowd on hand.

Some of his rhetoric repeated his usual liberal bent. But most of what he said could be accepted by both sides of the political spectrum.

He spoke up for freedom, airing his support for democracy around the world as though he was ready to fight for it. He spoke up for Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security as programs that helped our people take the risks that "made our country great."

He emphasized the need to fight climate change to help protect the health of our planet. He wants to provide immigration reform and gun control legislation. He continued his belief that the nationís future rests a great deal on the shoulders of the middle class.

Obamaís speech was not controversial and most of its content was expected. How he carries out his desires in his second term will determine how he rates in the list of effectiveness among presidents.

He did mention the need to reduce the deficit, which conservatives are eager to get at. However, it was not a main part of his speech.

It was a joyful occasion, as most inauguration days are, and our President made a good showing. But hopefully, the opposition fireworks that sometimes come after presidential inaugurations will not follow.

We need a bipartisan government in Washington that listens to all sides and contributes the time to size up just what our country needs to serve its people. Itís not whether youíre a D or an R but whether you are an American who wants our country to serve its people best.

Concentrate on that, America, and let us resolve that the coming four years will witness a great move forward in making this nation an even better one. Something that Martin Luther King Jr. also sought.