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Trump has a very high bar to clear if he is to follow through on what he just said. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

CNN’s Jake Tapper just called President Trump’s inaugural address “one of the most radical” inaugural speeches in U.S. history. I think he’s right — it was radical, and it included some pretty massive promises that will be hard for Trump to keep.

Here is the kernel of Trump’s populist manifesto — an indictment of all the politicians sitting around him, including not just President Obama but all of his predecessors in attendance:

For too long, a small group in our nation’s Capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.
Washington flourished – but the people did not share in its wealth.
Politicians prospered – but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country.
Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.
That all changes – starting right here, and right now, because this moment is your moment: it belongs to you.
It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching all across America.
This is your day. This is your celebration. And this, the United States of America, is your country.
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but whether our government is controlled by the people. January 20th 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again. The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer. Everyone is listening to you now.

Trump views himself much the way Obama did — as someone unique in history who will bring dramatic change to the presidency. He seems even less shy about saying so himself than Obama was.

But that’s an awful lot to live up to. Obama, who began his presidency with a much stronger hand in Congress than Trump has been given, has already shown how easy it is to fail on one’s own terms by promising so much. Trump has a very high bar to clear if he is to follow through on what he just said.

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