I liked Obama’s speech, for the most part. “Risk-takers, doers, and makers of things” got some recognition, as do those of us who are “non-believers”. Science “will be restored to its rightful place”. The rule of law and human rights were mentioned as well. Hard to complain about any of that.
This won’t be an overnight transformation of our government. The rich and the powerful will still throw all their influence against the momentum of real change. Although I believe Obama is sincere, I worry that he will be too eager compromise with those who profit from the status quo. Still, I think he did a good job of defining the values that he wants to see established inside our government. Greed and wastefulness will continue, no doubt. But at least there is a chance that they will no longer be quietly accepted as virtues.