When President Obama delivers his second inaugural address on Monday, he'll have a harder time than four years ago at appealing to Americans' yearning for hope and change. But he'll also strive to exceed the expectations that have been raised by history itself.
As we move forward with the president's executive orders and with his second term in office, it's vital that the rest of us highlight and immediately denounce the sort of dangerous language that Sen. Rand Paul is using.
In a speech that should incorporate but ultimately transcend his policy goals for the second term, President Obama has an opportunity to chart out a course for civility and common purpose that seems largely missing from our public life. Will he use the Bible in this effort?
President Obama campaigned on the message "Change We Can Believe In" and, later, "Change We Need." Exactly 69,456,897 Americans voted for that "change," a change, it seems seldom remembered now, that requires something from us all.