The politics of Inauguration Day
Reaction from 'Special Report' All-Star panel
- Duration 5:01
- Date Jan 21, 2013
Reaction from 'Special Report' All-Star panel
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It is not our generation's -- to carry alone.
What those five years beginning.
For our -- is not complete until our lives our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.
-- -- is not complete until our day.
Brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.
Are truly -- -- then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as.
President Obama today on this Martin Luther King Day invoking civil rights leaders -- not only women who launched suffrage.
Movement but also others in May be civil rights movement and OK as well as.
Who fought others who fought for civil rights and and what about this.
Seen through this speech and his mansion.
But this particular paragraph we're back with the panel -- and you talked about it briefly.
Is he trying to elevate this to become some kind of broader civil rights leader in a way.
I think this has become.
The big issue among.
On the -- especially among younger people.
And this is gay rights since the civil rights issue of our time.
And that -- and so I think that it's it's something that the president is appealing to you.
And as I said earlier I think it's why the president can give what I consider to be a pretty milk toast speech that doesn't really talk about any radical.
Liberal ideas he wasn't proposing a single Payer plan he wasn't saying -- the strong war.
And Pakistan he wasn't saying he was going to stop.
Pursuing whistleblowers more aggressively than any other president.
He wasn't doing any of the things I think a lot of progressives are really worried about and it and he's able to kind of get cover because.
He takes his positions which I agree with my support gay rights and I think it's great that he's elevated it.
But I think he gets a pass and away and I think that a lot of liberals are saying that this is very liberal because of that.
There was a quote -- caught a lot of people's lives.
From Dan five for the communications director has said this he said this.
There's a moment of opportunity now that's important what's frustrating.
Is that we don't have a political system or an opposition party worthy of the opportunity.
Well it was a nasty crack at the American political system so it's that's what jumped out and you know obviously bigoted Republicans is in there but we've heard that before.
I think he walked it back a little bit later on -- trying to say well that was just.
This -- that but.
Yeah that was a rather contentious.
Witness to sum up today I guess to -- briefly on what we've just been talking about this whole civil rights aspect.
There was a feeling about this inauguration of -- the re assembling of the block by block democratic coalition that was built up to reelect Barack Obama which consisted of Latinos.
Gays single women.
It's -- for its African Americans its efforts after.
All of whom sort of had their representatives in the inaugural festivities.
On I think that the people who watch PBS where there James Taylor you know with a guy that always have on during sweeps week.
And done it it had that feeling of sort of an event for that coalition.
Right and less the feeling sort of -- -- -- completely apolitical or on political.
There's all this talk Steve about Republicans and the demographic shifting on Republicans -- the demographics shifting.
I think they could be I mean you're you're seeing the president embraces some of these subgroups that that -- is talking about it precisely because they were such an important part.
And his coalition but also to go back to the discussion earlier because this is who he is ideologically this is what he believes and I think what made the speech ideological was not.
You know that it had some long long laundry list of you know.
Preference group issues and things are going to excite.
Liberals but it was a philosophical defense of liberalism in this is what he was talking and praising.
Collective action talking about how that was responsible for the progress throughout the course of of US history that's liberal view and he was arguing a very forcefully.
Yeah and defining this moment as a moment where rights -- what's most important struggle for a -- -- I can he get this through this progressive agenda will hear the state of union two weeks.
Can get this through only if we -- -- that house and in two years which is one of these objectives.
But it was not a partisan speech I don't think it was -- -- should be critique because it was out of that spirit.
He's proud of his ideology.
-- -- -- large section of America perhaps a majority.
He has every right to proclaim it but I think it's -- if you denied.
That is it for the panel.