This transcript is automatically generated
Well not wasting a second -- his second term President Obama making it clear who's in charge for the next four years.
Laying out a bold agenda in his inaugural address -- that's the way I read it with more on this -- Marcia democratic strategist.
Just in -- -- Republican strategist and Rich Lowry the editor of the national review rich I'll start with you what did you make of the speech.
I thought it was a very audacious speech and she respects.
One it was an unabashedly progressive speech it was shorn of any of that kind of centrist pose its characterize his rhetoric since really 2004 when he.
Burst on the stage with that speech at the Democratic Convention.
And also I think was audacious and it's appropriation of attrition of the American founding as kind of a direct challenge -- Republicans in the Tea Party saying.
You're the -- of -- -- the founders talking about them constantly you are wrong I -- the one firmly within.
They're tradition and you're the ones outside the mainstream and you better get on board of my my program may have to hit the highway.
Perry -- with a speech audacious in your view.
It was bold and it was audacious and it's exactly everything he ran on.
And that's why he won this election by such a big margin over Mitt Romney so voters.
Elected them Barack Obama to a second term knowing what they were gonna get an everything he talked about today.
Putting people back to work getting the economy back on track in a way that everyone has a fair shot.
Immigration reform reduction in gun violence the only thing he -- run on.
Climate change education all of those things.
Exactly what he campaigned on.
And he talked about in a way that shows that he still has hope.
He still wants change but -- understands that to bring this country forward he's gonna have to do in a nontraditional way much more like the campaign.
And -- -- you agree I mean was this says same old same all the same rhetoric the same pitch the same positioning.
Well I think he was -- very different Barack Obama then we saw in 2004 as rich mentioned 2008 this is not the post partisan Barack Obama.
This is the -- Barack Obama who is laying -- partisan marker expanding expense explaining his vision for progressive government.
Not even a -- whatsoever of the fact that the American people elected Republicans -- to control the people's house.
The House of Representatives know not to the fact that there needs to be bipartisan.
-- -- whatsoever that's what concerned me most and also no discussion of the deficit the debt.
No discussion whatsoever of the debt that concern about and and -- point.
I've big discussion of entitlements and what they mean to this country rich what does -- make -- that -- what you hear the sound first here's the president on entitlements from his speech today.
The commitments we make to each up.
Through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security these things do not -- aren't mission of the strength -- us.
Up make us a nation of takers -- -- -- to take the risks that make this country great.
And what do you make an average well this is not a president this is not rhetoric that sounds like -- president who's -- should truly anagram mart bargain we're gonna make tough choices on entitlements loses.
A defense of the unreconstructed.
He did have some a one line in there we need to take care the deficit but then immediately says.
But there's no choice to make between investing in the elderly and investing in the younger generation which is the way of saying we're not gonna make these choices at all -- just to keep on spending.
-- jump in here I mean what we're was a conversation about.
You know trying to tackle our national debt.
Well -- -- I just wanna address on an average sending -- President Obama spent the last four years trying to work with Republicans that failed and Reagan the first do we -- -- -- -- hear the answer my question big business this issue that we talk about every single day on this program there's sixteen trillion dollars in federal debt.
For each and every American in this country to have to pay.
And the president doesn't even mention it in this speech why.
There was a mention of it but you're gonna hear much more detail in the state of the union you have to look at these two separate -- -- separately today was much more broad.
Systematic and putting up the fact that he's gonna go after the campaign promises he made in the next four years the state of the union on February 12 I promise you you'll hear a great deal about deficit reduction the debt ceiling and all of that because -- -- coming up -- He hasn't he's had I warriors now to really put out there is serious entitlement reform and he hasn't because he's not and -- and I believe and certainly his base is not an accident.
Now that he's coming that well that would happen that will happen.
And he gave -- gave no indication whatsoever.
If you read this speech and you listen to the speech it was all about the -- collective ism that things have to be done to gather justifying the role expansionist government.
There's no discussion at all about limiting government whatsoever so I hope he does what we're being told he's gonna do but I'm very skeptical right now and he even said that we gotta pay more attention the climate change.
He tipped his hat again to the green energy programs -- -- this.
We will respond of the threat of climate change.
Knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.
Path towards sustainable energy sources won't be long and sometimes difficult.
And America cannot resist this transition.
We must leave it.
-- deal where we can't throw more money down the -- -- -- green energy programs that they don't employ Americans are not enough to my way of thinking.
And they waste of money they lose money.
What do you say.
I think if you talked a lot of Republicans especially those in the northeast in new York New Jersey -- just had to fight to get the kind of money after hurricane sandy that everybody else gets without blinking.
They're all for this now -- so I think that's that that this is the point he was making in this speech just like the last line we talked about was a direct reputation about Paul Ryan this was about hurricane sandy and I think sending the -- -- -- this was green energy was talking about.
This is his his idea about climate is getting rid of climate change.
I think this is one of the most ridiculous passages in the speech because he ended it by saying that founding ideals have no meeting.
And lest we fight climate change which is would be major news to Thomas Jefferson that unless -- -- investing -- -- and -- The declaration of independence has no meaning guzzle laughable passage just -- last word here.
It if the FB if President Obama is really a bit worried and concerned about the future of our children.
Then he will do something and take dramatic action news -- political capital he's gained.
To do something about the sixteen trillion dollars of debt that is sitting as a yoke of -- -- are our future children's futures.
Sixteen trillion dollars my friends Marion just in a rich thanks so much for coming on tonight really appreciate your time great conversation thank you.