While most people have focused on the torture part (how could you not with CNN’s cutaway to Bush), I responded the most to this section:
We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the fainthearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things — some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor — who have carried us up the long, rugged path toward prosperity and freedom.
Finally, a political leader who expects us to act like adults. Of all the things that struck about the previous administration (BESTEST PHRASE EVAH!) was how juvenile and lazy they were. Whether it was the reaction to Katrina or the hyperventilating about terrorism, they and their supporters acted like frightened little children, not adult men and women.
They also tried for the easy solution: why solve a problem when you can just hold a press conference and try to spin it away?
To use the phrase leveled at the Clinton administration, the adults are in charge now….