Inaugural address on steroids
by John Gizzi from Human Events
President Obama is expected to emphasize jobs and the economy in his State of the Union address on Tuesday given the March 1 deadline for massive budget cuts known as sequestration. But, he will also weave in major themes from his second inaugural address, including gun rights, immigration and climate change.
We would not be surprised if he echoes the words press secretary Jay Carney used recently to warn that failure to come up with an alternative would mean “[a]cross-the-board cuts to education, to research and development would have damaging effects on our economy and our long-term economic prospects. They would also have damaging effects on border security.”
But, as both Obama and Carney have done numerous times, the president will very likely invoke the desired alternative as one of a “balanced approach … that reflects the kind of balance that allows us to make sure that the burden of deficit reduction is not borne solely by senior citizens or the middle class but more broadly; that asks the wealthiest, including corporations, to pay their fair share.”
In both his inaugural address and in several appearances before the White House press corps since his re-election, the president has touched on themes near and dear to his most fervent constituency on the left: tougher gun control legislation, the need to address climate change, and same-sex marriage.
In signing the 23 executive acts related to gun control and mental health Jan. 16, for example, the President Obama told reporters they were “in no way a substitute for acts of Congress.” He then spelled out the measures that the administration was going to work hard to enact: a universal background check for anyone trying to buy guns, a ban on military assault weapons, and a 10-round cap on magazines of ammunition.
One can “go the bank” on him hitting this hard on Tuesday, with some strong words against those who “have a pretty effective way of ginning up fear.”
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