“In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less.”

So were some of the first words in President Barack Obama’s inaugural speech, given last month before throngs of supporters spread out across the National Mall in Washington, D.C. It was a superbly delivered speech that was inspiring yet sobering, with equal parts optimism (“We can do this!”) tempered only by cold realism (“Yes, it’s that bad.”). I don’t know about you, but taking over a country with an economic system in such a state as ours is a problem with which I’m more than willing to let our new President wrangle, and that’s just item number one on very long to-do list.

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