Jon Stewart: Obama’s inaugural speech took a swipe at Paul Ryan

Jon Stewart is right.  I’m surprised I missed this.  President Obama took a pot-shot at Paul Ryan during his inaugural speech earlier this week.

From Obama’s inaugural speech on Monday:

The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

Now, remember what Paul Ryan said during the campaign, and has said for years:

admin-ajax“Right now about 60 percent of the American people get more benefits in dollar value from the federal government than they pay back in taxes,” Ryan said. “So we’re going to a majority of takers versus makers in America and that will be tough to come back from that. They’ll be dependent on the government for their livelihoods [rather] than themselves.”

Ryan went on to suggest that “takers” weren’t real Americans:

“The good news is, most people in America don’t want to be a ‘taker,’ they want to be American, they want to be a ‘maker’.”

This was also a swipe at Mitt Romney’s 47% comments, as well as Romney’s bizarre comments after the election about Obama having won because he gave people “gifts.”

So kudos to the President on yet another reason to love his inaugural speech.  I’m becoming increasingly intrigued with where the President is heading into his second term.  The old Obama wouldn’t have taken a swipe at anyone in such an important speech.

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3 Responses to “Jon Stewart: Obama’s inaugural speech took a swipe at Paul Ryan”

  1. tsuki says:

    I am surprised that Taker Paul Ryan has been able to get away with these remarks. (Well, really, I guess that I am not. The yapping poodles of the Fourth Estate being useless.)

    Taker Ryan’s family got wealthy from government contracts. When his father died, they all waited for their Social Security Survivor’s benefit. And now, he is on the Political Dole for the rest of his life whether he works or not.

    Yep, Paul Ryan is a taker.

  2. MichaelS says:

    Bravo, John, Thank you for highlighting that.

    I’m curious, though, why hasn’t Americablog tackled the filibuster issue at all? I’ve been interested in your take on it… On one hand I’m enraged that the Dems folded yet again, on the other hand thinking maybe it was a smart retreat since the House was still Republican and it wouldn’t matter. But with this morning’s court ruling against Obama’s ability to make recess appointments, and with the very real possibility of a Supreme Court appointment during Obama’s term, the prospect of a filibuster against any reasonable appointment, or ANY future Obama appointments in any agency, is almost guaranteed. Even now, after four years in office and at the start of his second term, there are still 30 judges to the courts of appeals, 141 judges to the district courts, and 31 other appointments being blocked by the Republicans. Not one media report examining the filibuster debate mentioned this minor detail…

  3. badgerite says:

    When, statistically speaking, something like 75 percent of the wealth ( that is the benefits ) of society goes to 10 percent of the society’s people and that top 10 percent continuously strives to increase their wealth at the expense of the rest of society (see union busting and downward pressure on wages and benefits) what exactly would Ryan expect other than government having to pick up the slack. Unless, of course, he thinks third world conditions (kids living on garbage dumps, etc) is a good road for the country to go down. And as risks in the investment market become more fictional than real you will, of course, get riskier behavior leading to the kinds of crashes that happened in 2008. Again, devastating to most of society but not to the top 10 percent because the taxpayer, as in the rest of society, bailed them out.

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