MSNBC host Chuck Todd says President Obama's Second Inaugural Address is about moving the country toward liberalism:
"I was surprised at the number of specific issues mentioned, but the thing that sort of knocked me over was this talk about climate change because we had not really heard it from the president in a very long time. I'm not saying he shelved it, but the issue had taken a little bit of a back seat, and there was a whole paragraph there on climate change in a way you wonder because of Superstorm Sandy and the amount of money, if you are going to talk about the budget, you have to have this conversation about the climate since these natural disasters clearly are becoming more and more, but I want to point out a quote that Barack Obama said in an interview five years ago when he was still running for president, and he compared himself to Reagan. He says, 'I think Ronald Reagan changed the trajectory of America in a way that Richard Nixon did not and in a way that Bill Clinton did not.' The reason I point out that quote: I always thought it was an important quote, and it gave you a sense of what kind of President Obama wanted to be, and I think you heard in the Inaugural Address today in the way that President Obama believes Ronald Reagan mainstreamed the conservative movement in the 1980s, that one of the things he wants his presidency to do is to basically mainstream the liberal progressive movement in the same way, so if the country is, say, center or center right, you can have this argument that when he leaves that he has mainstreamed it and moved the country more center left. And I think you heard that. It was a robust defense of a lot of progressive ideals in a way, and, yes, you heard pragmatic pieces to the speech saying, you know, we're not going to get everything we want, things like that, we do need to learn to compromise. But it was pretty clear that he was defending government and defending progressivism in a way that you didn't always hear on the campaign trail, frankly."