“Spending” Nowhere to be Found in President Obama’s Inaugural Address

January 22, 2013

Yesterday, President Obama had a chance to set the tone and priorities for his second term as President of the United States. How he chose to address the nation – and, more importantly, what he chose to address – is a strong indicator of where his focus will lay over the next four years. Did the President’s speech hit the notes the American people most wanted to hear?

USA Today put together the following word cloud showing the top 100 most-mentioned words from President Obama’s inaugural speech:

Missing something?

Despite overwhelming concern and a desire for a clear, specific plan on controlling spending from Americans across the political spectrum, President Obama did not once mention “spending” or “debt” in the first speech of his final term. “Deficit” made a single appearance – and was quickly followed by a commitment to continue full-speed-ahead on entitlement spending:

“We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future.”

The American people have had decades of empty promises and soaring rhetoric from Washington. They are ready to face our fiscal problems in the cold light of day and make the hard choices and compromises needed to right our budgetary ship of state.

What we need now from Washington is the courage to do the same.

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