Did anyone hear CBS's Bob Shieffer say that Obama's theme was civil rights? I think he must have spent one day too long in DC journalistic circles. The President did mention the need for equality for everyone and of course civil rights is involved, but to attempt to define President Obama's 2nd inauguration speech as being mainly of a civil rights theme is, in my opinion, missing the major theme of his speech. President Obama spoke of we the people moving forward as a nation and a leader of democracy in a world searching for liberty and freedom as never before in history. The message I heard was that we need to move forward on the important issues of the day and that those unwilling to move forward will be left behind. The President did not chastise anyone or single out groups of politicians as a specific problem, but spoke in positive terms about how, working together, WE can move forward to benefit ALL people.
Maybe that is just the message I wanted to hear, but that is what took away from this inauguration speech.