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Jan 22, 2013

Crikey says: Obama’s hollow promises

Another Obama address, more hollow promises? Guy Rundle and inauguration day in DC. Fear and loathing at The Global Mail: how could it go so wrong? Scientology propaganda on why there's no aliens inside them. And why your arts degree was a waste of time. (Bugger.)

“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition. We must lead it.”

Stirring stuff from Barack Obama at his public inauguration ceremony in Washington early this morning. But as our friends at RenewEconomy and Climate Spectator quickly pointed out, let’s remember what he said in his first inauguration four years ago:

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3 thoughts on “Crikey says: Obama’s hollow promises

  1. Cyndi

    Picky, picky, picky.

  2. Ben Watson

    You must be kidding. That’s the type of thoughtful editorial I’d expect from a bad highschool newspaper, or Andrew Bolt.
    Yes Obama does a good line in rhetoric and he was unrealistic in what he could ‘fix’ in his first term but he did make great strides in areas such as healthcare and new energy amongst others. And you seem to be forgetting he is facing a hostile parliament, valueless opposition and sometime delinquent press which as we’ve seen in Australia can make going difficult for progressive governments.

  3. zut alors

    He’s a good orator but actions speak louder than words. Fortunately for Obama, US citizens appear to be easily humoured with patriotic patter and noble boasting.

    Mere words.

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