As I listen to the inagural speech of President Barack Obama, he proclaims us a nation of Christians and Muslims and Jews and non-believers. He seemed to put a bit of emphasis on that last bit.
Rick Warren’s superstitious moment was disappointing but I was pleased to see that Aretha Franklin got more R.E.S.P.E.C.T. than Warren -the applause seemed much louder and longer. And the John Williams composition was enjoyable too.
But it was Obama’s speech that was moving. Inspiring. Most Inaugural speeches are dry, boring and unremarkable. I predict Obama’s will long be remembered in the same vein as Roosevelt’s “nothing to fear but fear itself” speech or Kennedy’s “ask not what your country can do for you…” speech.
All in all, Obama seems to care deeply about science and is not prepared to ignore non-believers. I give him two thumbs up.