New Democrats, in the politics of the United States, are an ideologically centrist faction within the Democratic Party that emerged after the victory of Republican GeorgeH. W. Bush in the 1988 presidential election. They are identified with centrist social/cultural/pluralist positions.
Bill Clinton's 1992 campaign for President of the United States was a criticalturning point for the Democratic Party, which had controlled the White House for only four of the previous twenty-four years.
In his speech, Clinton portrayed change as a positive factor, not somethingto be feared. He also reminded his audience that America has a history of overcoming challenges through bold action and re-creating itself for the better in the process using examples such as theGreat Depression and the Civil War. As the first President elected in the post-Cold War era, Clinton stressed the importance of renewal for America, and hinted that he would work to make positivechange in America.
The poem's themes are about change, inclusion, responsibility, and the President's as well as the citizenry's role in establishing economic security. Its symbols, references topersonification of nature have inspired critics to compare "On the Pulse of Morning" with Robert Frost's inaugural poem and with Clinton's inaugural address. Clinton's address and the poem, both emphasizedunity despite the diversity of American culture.
According to Mary Jane Lupton (writer), "On the Pulse of Morning" is Angelou's most famous poem. Lupton said that the performance of the poem wasgreat because she used skills she learned as an actor and speaker. The performance marked a return to the African-American oral tradition of speakers such as Frederick Douglass, Martin Luther King...