It would be refreshing if Obama simply came out and explicitly repudiated the Kennedy inaugural as completely opposite to his own views. Something like this, perhaps:
Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill (and none of them really wish us ill, now do they?), that we shall pay a little for awhile, as long as it suits us, bear any burden (as long as nobody in the military has to be involved or anyone gets hurt), meet any hardship (as long as it has to do with global warming), support any friend (as long as it's France) oppose any foe (if we had any, which we don't, because everyone deserves a chance to be heard and to do their own thing and have their own space, y'know?) to assure the survival and the success of, well... progressive ideas... or whatever the polls happen to be indicating lately.In the meantime, this comes close enough.
This much we pledge--and, well... let's leave it at that. I may think of more later.
To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we used to share, we pledge the loyalty of mindless, unilateral support, even if you've totally gone over to the dark side and now seek to circumvent our aims at every juncture. United there is little we cannot talk about in a host of cooperative bodies like the UN and the New York Times editorial page. Divided there is little we can do--and that's probably a good thing after the last 'cowboy' president who was into actually changing things.
To those new states whom we welcome to the ranks of the free: you don't count. We're happy that you understand iron tyranny firsthand. We're just sick of hearing about it. We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting progressive causes like recycling--and to remember that, in the past, those who sought power by riding the back of the tiger at least had a hope of being eaten last--which is something, isn't it?
To those people in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to send money to their corrupt leaders, for whatever period is required--not because the communists may be leading the way, not because we seek their votes, but because it is the way it has always been done. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it can at least help subsidize dictators in expensive suits on the UN human rights commission.
To our sister republics south of our border, we offer a special pledge--to let you come into this country whenever and however you please and take over our culture without any resistance. But this peaceful revolution of homogenizing the global village in a soup of low expectations cannot become the prey of those who believe in borders or principles. Let all our neighbors know that we shall join with them to oppose the overthrow of Castro or Chavez or anyone anywhere in the Americas because that Contra thing was, like, so 1980s! And let every other power know that this Hemisphere intends to look mildly on as Iran sets up alliances with Venezuela.