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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:11 PM

Dean praises Obama inaugural speech, calls it one of best ever

The Burlington Free Press - Jan 21 11:03am
Written by
Joel Banner Baird, Sam Hemingway and Terri Hallenbeck
Free Press Staff Writers

Former Gov. Howard Dean

Former Gov. Howard Dean praised Obama’s second inaugural speech, saying it artfully but precisely spelled out how he intends to lead the country over the next four years.

“It was not just soaring rhetoric,” Dean said. “It was an exact weighing out about why we need to do things differently and then he went on to say what we had to do differently. I thought it was one of the better inaugural speeches I’ve heard.”

Dean, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and was chairman of the Democratic National Committee in 2008 when Obama was first elected, said Obama sounded like he planned to be more aggressive pushing his agenda and less willing to compromise with “right-wing” Republicans.

“That was very different from his inaugural, where he was talking about that everybody was going to work together and so on,” Dean said. “I think he means to get things done whether the Republicans want to work with him or not. That’s what I heard in that speech.”

More: http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20130121/NEWS03/301210013/Dean-praises-Obama-inaugural-speech-calls-one-best-ever


There's more from Dean at the link and also from other Vermont political figures including Bernie Sanders.

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Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:19 PM

1. Yeah but, today we have Harry Reid abandoning a talking filibuster + 9 Democrats supporting the XL

Pipeline project, so . . .

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Response to patrice (Reply #1)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:26 PM

2. The Blue Dogs are getting desperate to be relevant.

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Response to ellisonz (Reply #2)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 09:44 PM

3. The only thing to do is to go out and do what we're going to do anyway, just more of it. I wish

there were more consequences, to Dems doing this stuff, but everything 3rd-party gets tainted by Libertarian & Tea types who don't have any qualms about dissembling and there's just too much on the table to risk it.

Have been kind of sad about rumors of MoveOn and Tea Party alliance, thinking here that MoveOn has pretty significant power to press hard right, worried they're going to turn established Labor against rising Labor . . . getting ahead of myself I guess . . . .

Have an organizing meeting Saturday, that'll help, to have some actual work to do!!

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Response to patrice (Reply #3)

Thu Jan 24, 2013, 10:11 PM

4. Honestly wasn't too much of a point to it unless we have the House

We've got to take back the House in 2014 and then there is no excuse for not at least making it a talking filibuster.

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