President Obama’s Controversial Inaugural Address

During the broadcast of President Obama’s inaugural address, CCTV panned out when the President said the “c” word – communism. Not exactly one of the seven dirty words. However, if you read the inaugural address, you will realize that CCTV overreacted. President Obama said:

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with the sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

Of course, the fascism comment refers our victory against Nazi Germany in World War II. As for communism, I’m pretty sure that Obama was talking about the Cold War with the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union collapsed. Again, we won, they lost. I’m not positive that “faced down” applies to the Korean War where the US fought to a standstill or the Vietnam War where the US departed in defeat. So, just because Obama talks about communism, it doesn’t mean he’s talking about China.

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