Obama’s Hammering of Bush in Inaugural Speech — Awkward!

Jan 21, 2009 10:58am

After the speech, President Obama and former President Bush shared a warm embrace. That may go down as the biggest surprise of the day given the 18 minute speech that preceded the hug.  Obama’s speech is being called a rebuke, repudiation and over all rejection of all things George W. Bush. With Bush seated a couple of feet away Obama uttered some pretty tough words calling on the nation to, "…pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking America."  The one nod to Bush came in this line:  "I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition."  But that was soon followed up with a list of all the bad stuff facing America along this zinger: "Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land — a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights."  Within minutes President Bush was aboard a helicopter high above Washington, on his way home to Texas.  

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