Jan. 21 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama’s speech
today made -- or tried to make -- two different points, both
concerning the definition of “rights.” Although couched in the
kind of president-ese appropriate to such an occasion, both
goals were easy to spot, and both are parts of a solidly liberal
vision of society and government.
People have been looking for the real Barack Obama --
principled (maybe dangerously principled) progressive or deeply
(maybe disappointingly) moderate compromiser? This speech makes
the answer clear.