Before I am too badly beaten-up for comparing President Obama to Jimmy Carter, despite how history has treated the Carter "malaise speech," in truth it was a powerful call to action, laced with what he believed to be sober truth. Not unlike the speech today.
More from Carter:
"We’ve got to stop crying and start sweating, stop talking and start walking, stop cursing and start praying. The strength we need will not come from the White House, but from every house in America."
And how about this from President Obama?
"Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America."
I think what is remarkable is how America seems to be ready to hear about reality in more real terms.