posted on Feb, 24 2009 @ 11:34 PM
I thought he hit it out of the ballpark. He was confident, poised, optimistic, in control of his material and, as usual, inspiring . He made it
clear that his three major objectives for the next year will be education, energy and health care reform--which he plans to accomplish along with his
economic policies and attention to Iraq and Afghanistan. His objectives were received with resounding applause from his audience, and even the
Republicans stood up and applauded him several times. It was Obama at his best.
My lack of a more critical perspective is obvious, and maybe I'm still too much the Obama-maniac I was during the campaign. I just can't think of
anything negative to say.
But my husband, an amateur historian with a broad knowledge of the Civil War and the period of reconstruction that followed, had one objection to the
speech. Obama claimed the transcontinental railroad was completed during the Civil War. In fact, the laying of the "golden spike" which signified
its completion wasn't until May 10, 1869--during Grant's administration. In addition, the building of the transcontinental railroad engendered the
"Credit Mobilier" scandal, widely considered to be the biggest economic scandal in American history. So evoking the transcontinental railroad might
not be the best example Obama could have chosen.
To me it's a nitpicky point, but it's hard to argue with an historian, who particularly wanted me to include this in the comments section.