In an interview with the Washington Post's Greg Sargent, Michael Waldman, chief speechwriter under former President Bill Clinton, praised the progressive vision outlined in President Barack Obama's second inaugural address Monday.
“The greatest progressive arguments throughout the country’s history have been rooted in the language of the Declaration of Independence,” Waldman said. “This speech was really rooted in that tradition.”
In fact, Waldman said Obama's speech amounted to one of the most progressive inaugural speeches in several years.
“This was the most philosophically clear of any of his major speeches, and one of the most expansively progressive Inaugural Addresses in decades,” Waldman said. “And he rooted those arguments in the civic creed of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.”