On Monday’s coverage on the Fox News Channel of President Barack Obama’s inauguration, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer explained that although the president’s speech lacked a memorable line, it was historically significant.
The speech was a declaration that big government is back and liberalism is expanding, he said.
“I thought it was an amazing speech — historically very important,” Krauthammer said. ”Not memorable — there’s not a line here that will ever be repeated, but I think very important historically because this was really Obama unbound. And I think what’s most interesting is that Obama basically is declaring the end of Reaganism in this speech. Remember, he once said that Ronald Reagan was historically consequential in a way that Bill Clinton was not. And what Obama meant is that Obama had changed the ideological course of the country. In 1981, in his inaugural address within two minutes, Reagan had declared that ’government is not the solution, government is the problem.’ Today’s inaugural address was a rebuke to that entire idea.”