President Obama's second inaugural address was always going to be an occasion for many different reactions, not all of them reasonable. Yet in this case, one or two of the reactions have been truly bizarre. If you ever wondered what Beyonce has to do with the inauguration, or how many unironic praises MSNBC could sling at the President for sounding like one of their viewers, wonder no more. The following are the top 5 responses to President Obama's second inaugural.
#5. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)
"I appreciate the President saying 'we cannot count name calling as reasoned debate.'...He also talked about a commitment to spending money we don't have, which I think puts us in debt, and puts us in a riskier situation in terms of being abel to protect and defend ourselves...Anyone who's been watching this knows that unless we make adjustments to Medicare and Social Security, that we're not going to be able to deal with our financial issues...I didn't hear that he was committed to doing that."
#4. Chris Matthews
"Reminds you of another second inaugural: Lincoln’s. So much of Lincoln in that speech, from the Gettysburg address to the second inaugural itself. I thought what was interesting was an attempt to draw a balance – of course, he’s a man of the progressive side – but he tried to draw a balance there between a government ruled by an elite and then a government ruled by a mob both being a problem."
#3. Karl Rove
"I was surprised by the priorities. The President said, for example, at the close, the priorities of our generation are...equal pay, gay marriage, voting protections, immigration reform, gun control. You know, I'm not sure those are the highest priorities facing America today. I was also surprised by what he said was not going to be a priority...No mention at all of deficits and spending."
#2. Fox News Panel
"If you were a supporter of Barack Obama, and particularly a liberal supporter of Barack Obama, you were very pleased by this speech...I thought it was a real call to arms for a liberal agenda."
#1. Charles Krauthammer
"This was really Obama unbound. ... Obama's basically declaring the end of Reaganism in this speech. ... This speech today was an ode to big government. It was a hymn to big government."