President Obama was elected on the promise that he would usher in a new era of unity in government. The young upstart politician seems to have believed that he could extend an olive branch to Republicans and, eventually, both political parties would work together to make government work as intended.
Conversely, Obama’s second inaugural address didn’t include any Republican ideas. It was, surprisingly to some, the standard address you’d expect of any Democratic president, and that has infuriated Republicans.
As National Journal reports, President Obama seems to have come out – as a Democrat – during his second inaugural address:
On issues from gay rights to gun control, immigration reform, and climate change—all of which he highlighted in his ringing Inaugural Address last week—Obama is now unreservedly articulating the preferences of the Democratic “coalition of the ascendant” centered on minorities, the millennial generation, and socially liberal upscale whites, especially women. Across all of these issues, and many others such as the pace of withdrawal from Afghanistan and ending the ban on women in combat, Obama is displaying much less concern than most national Democratic leaders since the 1960s about antagonizing culturally conservative blue-collar, older, and rural whites, many of whom oppose them.
What this demonstrates is that Obama has come to terms with the hard reality that he’ll never win over those on the right. Those people will remain opposed to Obama no matter what, and it seems that Obama has finally resigned himself to that. In doing so, he is finally saying goodbye to Reagan Democrats.