President Obama’s Second Inaugural Was Supposed to Sound Something like Lincoln’s
President Obama’s second inaugural was supposed to sound something like Lincoln’s: the speech of a man tired of war, and eager to move the nation beyond its bloody reach. In truth, it was the speech of a man who has perfected a form of war that can be written off as a kind of peace. He was able to put the pain of war in the past because his efforts to expand painless war have come to fruition. At Esquire, Tom Junod follows up “The Lethal Presidency of Barack Obama” in light of his second inaugural address.