Obama and Shakespeare

Listening to and later reading
President Obama’s
inaugural
speech
(20 January 2009), one phrase struck me as familiar:

      “We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished.”

I eventually remembered the words in Kate’s speech at the end of Shakespeare’s


The Taming of the Shrew
(Act 5, Scene 2, written around 1590):

      “Come, come, you froward and unable worms!

      My mind hath been as big as one of yours,

      My heart as great, my reason haply more,

      To bandy word for word and frown for frown…”

I don’t think Obama was scolding the way Kate is in her speech but
there is the same circumstance of reestablishing a basis for comparison
after much change. Obama has earned his reputation as a great speaker
and I look forward to hearing his addresses for many years to come.

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