-By Nadia Trinidad, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau
Washington DC--While his first term may have been marked with cautious moderation, on his second inaugural, President Obama was comfortable enough to position himself as the commander- in-chief for the disadvantaged.
“The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great,” Obama said yesterday.
Some GOP lawmakers don’t like what they heard in President’s second Inaugural address.
The president laid out an agenda that tackles gun control, immigration reform and climate change.
Asian Americans, Hispanics and other ethnic minorities who comprised the bulk of his vote expect the president to exercise more political will to finally push for comprehensive immigration reform.
It was a promise he made the first time, and a promise he made again.
“Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country,” Obama said yesterday.
Many conservatives did not like Obama’s direct and positive references to gay marriage, equal-pay legislation, and possible amnesty for undocumented immigrants. They see these as liberal touchstones and possible wedge issues that might split the Republican Party.
Climate-change legislation is similarly low on the GOP agenda, yet Obama talked at some length about what he sees as the need to take action on this issue.
Republican lawmakers were generally more circumspect but expressed disappointment that Obama’s speech didn’t contain more talk about reaching out and working with the other side.
“I was more hopeful that you’d hear more bipartisanship,” said Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy of California, House majority whip, in a Tuesday interview on CBS.
“One thing was clear from the President’s speech yesterday. The era of Liberalism is back,” said Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell.
-With reports from CBS news and dcdecoder.com
Good luck on gun control, may the force of every beckis be with you.