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In Reagan’s shadow

The age of Obama is a long way off

By David Allen  

Second inaugural addresses, we are told, are rarely of historical importance. But this time around, Barack Obama had his history voice on. Obama’s speeches are often delivered at low wattage, but when he speaks to posterity his voice rises a pitch or two, he talks more quickly, and the last syllables of his sentences sigh with echoes of a preacher’s cadence. While he…

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