January 21st, 2009
05:05 AM ET
9 years ago

Schneider: Tone of Obama speech right for the times

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama's inaugural address was cooler, more measured and reassuring than that of other presidents making it, perhaps, the right speech for the times.

Some inaugural addresses are known for their soaring, inspirational language. Like John F. Kennedy's in 1961: "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

Obama's address was less stirring, perhaps, but it was also more candid and down-to-earth.

"Starting today," the new president said, "we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin the work of remaking America."

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