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Jokes, Speeches and Responsibilities

Jonathan Bernstein's morning links.

1. At the Monkey Cage, Stephen J. Farnsworth, S. Robert Lichter and Deanne Canieso expect Donald Trump to break records for being mocked (by comedians, that is). 

2. Of course you want to read James Fallows at the Atlantic on Trump's inaugural address

3. Fred Kaplan at Slate on Trump's speech and world reaction.

4. I liked Ed Kilgore's assessment of the speech, perhaps because it was very similar to mine. Indeed, there was something of a consensus among veteran inauguration watchers. 

5. I'll give you one more: my Bloomberg View colleague Megan McArdle's view of the speech, and of Trump's responsibility -- and the responsibility of ordinary citizens -- to fight for liberal democracy. I'm skipping commentary over Trump's weekend for now and focusing on the speech because, after all, far more citizens watched it in whole or in part than have paid attention to stuff happening during the football games and errands and whatnot. This doesn't mean that the inaugural address is more important. But it's always good to remember while most attentive presidency-watchers have moved on, most citizens have not.

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