Watching the inauguration
I listened not just as a citizen but as a newspaper editor, tuned in for a snippet that would make a good front page headline. Missing from the speech, I think, was a catchphrase. But he had some headline-worthy lines: We are ready to lead once more. Our patchwordk heritage is a strength, not a weakness. The question is not whether government is too big or too small, but whether it works. To nations that deny human rights: We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist. To leaders who sow conflict: Your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. How far we have traveled. Unity of purpose. Reaffirm our enduring spirit.