MARTHA RADDATZ, ABC NEWS: Should he have been reaching out to the Republicans, George Will?
GEORGE WILL: Well, the post-partisan Obama of 2008 gave his inaugural speech in 2009 and, a couple weeks later, passed the stimulus bill with no Republican votes because it was simply a wish list of 30 years of Democratic longing. So I think it was a fairly perishable moment.
To me, Martha, the emblematic sentence from the speech was this. "We reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future." The president lives in a parallel universe where a dollar spent on A can also be spent on B. There's no scarcity, no choices involved. And for all the solicitude he expresses about the rising and coming generations, we're not investing in them. We're borrowing from them, because conveniently they're not here and can't object.