Is There Anything He Could Say?

A thought experiment: on last week’s installment of the flagship podcast, Peter asked Andy Ferguson what President Obama needed to say today in his second inaugural address. Andy’s witty dodge (“I resign”) struck me as as good of an answer as someone on our side of the aisle could give. As a former speechwriter, I’m always struck by how difficult hypotheticals like this (“Imagine your entire system of political values is turned upside down — now sell it!”) are to answer.

With the President only moments away from delivering the speech, I thus put the question to you: is there anything Barack Obama could say today that would give you some glimmer of hope that you could expect something better from his second term than his first?