They were good speeches, but why is everyone railing against Obama? From an outsider's perspective, the rest of the world are glad that America has a president who doesn't view American foreign policy as the be-all and end-all of world politics. Having grown up with an administration that propagated that view, it makes a nice change to see an American President who might consider that what America has said and done was not the best path purely because the decision was made by an American.
Plus, could someone please tell me what is wrong with Socialism? You talk about it taking away from the rich, hard-working American, but what about when the bubble bursts? A hypothetical you loses your job and can't keep up the payments on the mortgage, which now the bank can't support for long without you paying. So no house, and no system to back you up well enough. Then, you fall ill - not a week of 'flu, but something serious, something for which you can't afford the boosted premiums for the insurance for the privatised medical system that America still uses. What then? Who can you turn to if you don't have a government that can keep you housed, fed and healthy from cradle to grave. You can quote statistics about privatised medical systems having higher survival rates for X or Y than nationalised, but if you can't pay for it, then you're going to die or be crippled permanently from X or Y anyway, 0% chance of medical help: family and charity can only support you so far.
Rugged individualism, or justifying a system that allows for no safety net by giving to charity can not help you when you really need it. It works during times of affluence, but when the crunch comes, as it has, Socialism kicks in, as it has done many a time historically: look at vast projects like the Hoover Dam.
Sure, the super-rich whose families have vast amounts of money to spend on the finest of chemotherapy and drugs for diseases of all magnitudes may complain, but if they have the money to support their purchases of vastly expensive toys from the mucking around of the paper economy, then they should have the money to support the proponents of the real economy.
Oh, and BB, isn't the speed limit in the USA pretty low anyway? You get a say anyway: you just gave your "say", along with 130 million of your fellow countrymen.