I watched the inauguration of Barack Obama as America’s 44th president this morning (9 am, here in California). Like most Australians and others from around the world, I’m welcoming change in and from America. I’m an Australian who has been living and working in the US since 2001. During this time I have been able to experience the good in America, the bad and very often the indifferent. Barack Obama is different. He is inspiring. And he spoke to the world today with a straightforwardness America sometimes lacks. In particular, here is what he said about the economy — and how, quite frankly, America needs an overhaul to keep pace with the rest of the world. This is good news.
“Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act — not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.”