Makers Of Things

Obama hit a home run with his inaugural address:
[I]t has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things - some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.
The emphasis is mine, the words are his. Engineering has always been at the root of recovery. If you don't feel empowered after that speech, read it again.
Comments:

I've never felt empowered before by something some guy says on the other side of the planet, and it's unlikely I'm going to start now...

Posted by guest on January 20, 2009 at 05:29 AM EST #

@ 192.18.8.1
“What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them - that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.”

As Hal says, read it again.

Thanks, Hal.

Posted by Carolyn A. Colborn on January 20, 2009 at 06:20 AM EST #

I think the whole point is that you don't need someone to tell you that you're empowered. You need to believe that you can make a change, that you can lead change, and that you can see the endpoint you desire. If anything precludes that, you're not empowered. What I heard Obama say is that it's time to stop looking at the constraints and time to start finding the opportunities.

That's empowerment. Sometimes we just need to be reminded. Something about the difference between questioning "why?" and challenging "why not?"

Posted by Hal Stern on January 20, 2009 at 06:26 AM EST #

Point well made, Hal. However, not everyone is willing and / or able to lead change. A leader has followers. It can be just as empowering to embrace change as a willing and able follower. I am happy to embrace this change in leadership, and willing and able to follow President Obama’s lead, without being told I am empowered to do so.

Posted by Carolyn A. Colborn on January 20, 2009 at 05:42 PM EST #

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