During the speech in Washington, on January 20:th in 2009, Barack Obama, inspires so much belief in the future that it, for the audience, must have seemed almost unbelievable when he took over the White house. Yet, could all jubilation(jubilejshen) not hide the fact that the U.S. probably was moving towards an era of shrinking expectations.
Just after he had sworn the oath as America’s 44:th president - and what to many seemed like a dream come true - Obama declared that the U.S. now had chosen hope over fear and unity over discord. However, the grand rhetoric was subdued by the listener’s knowledge of the difficulties the U.S. was facing.
Certainly aware of that he would meet expectations which were unrealistically high, he tried taming the optimism that surrounded the transfer of power.
He built the historic inauguration (inagurejshen) speech around a message which inculcates seriousness of the situation: The crisis is real, the U.S. is at war against forces of hatred, the economy is weakening and a fear is spread across the country.
Obama was clear in explaining that although the challenges will be met, they are many and difficult. It will require sacrifices, and perhaps even a return to the old virtues of hard work and an increased personal responsibility, to reach beyond the crisis. Today's economic problems were blamed on greed and irresponsibility of a few, but also on the collective failure to make hard choices. He said, very carefully between the lines, that the state will intervene in the economy in any way and make unpopular interventions. In plain language, it was about that the U.S. must get itself together and work hard to come back.
The economic crisis in America and America's weakened global position is not just a threat but an opportunity for Barack Obama. U.S. voters were aware that times had deteriorated (di tirjorated) and few expected miracles to follow the new president into the White...