We are on the verge of bringing a new president into office tomorrow. It will be an exciting day by any measure and once again we witness one of the great innovations our Founding Fathers gifted us with, the smooth transition of power in the Executive Branch of the Federal government. It’s easy to forget that in the greater world we live in that this is, sadly, still exceptional and only entrenched in a minority group of countries.
I decided to include the late President Reagan’s 1981 inaugural speech today for a couple of reasons. First as a reminder that Reagan is the oratorial template that all modern presidents, regardless of party affiliation, strive to equal. He was the master of public address and even today, almost 30 years later, the words are stirring.
Secondly, the speech that Obama will give tomorrow will in many ways mimic Reagan’s 1981 speech because the challenges we face are in many ways the same. Tomorrow we will begin an era of national renewal, just as we did in 1981.