10 Questions with Jay Mariotti
1. Inaugural Address
Posted On 05.17, 2013

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RCS: Next week we have the Super Bowl, but this week there is clearly only one big story. You're a professional writer. From that perspective, what did you think of your fellow Chicagoan's Inaugural Address?

Mariotti: Chilling. Earnest. I think his first breath was more inspiring than anything that came out of Bush's mouth in eight years. If the speech missed that definitive line for the ages -- such as Kennedy's "And so my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country'' -- I also might say it probably wasn't necessary. The moment was that mesmerizing. The expectations for this man are staggering, but the speech didn't let anyone down. I did like, "We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense.”

I also couldn't help but think back to '04, when Obama might have lost the U.S. Senate race in Illinois had Mike Ditka chosen to run. I was among those who suggested Ditka shouldn't run because he'd be faced with intense scrutiny in his personal and professional life. If Ditka had run, maybe Hillary would be president today. Or Ditka.

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