A little over four years ago, the history of this nation was changed with the election of the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama. There were an estimated 1.8 million citizens that made their way to the National Mall where the presidents inauguration was to catch a glimpse at American history.
Today, the crowd was under-stably less than when the president first took office, but with an estimated 700,000 citizens in attendance for Obama’s second Inauguration, it is the biggest second term inauguration in the history of the United States. As President Obama recited these words:
“I Barack Hussein Obama do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
With those words, it officially kicked off the presidents second term in office and provided four more years for the American people to support their president. His speech was a rather short one, but packed a lot of noteworthy information and inspiring quotes.
The president wanted to address his ongoing determination to find a solution for the economic woes at home and conflict overseas. He also mentioned how this nation has grown together successfully over his years in office, and stressed how American’s possibilities are limitless.
“A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands, youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention,” Obama said.
“My fellow Americans we are made for this moment, and we will seize it, so long as we seize it together,” Obama said.
The president’s Inauguration was more than just an inauguration, as it also fell on Martin Luther King Jr. day, the president made sure to address that our past has shaped our present and will continue to shape our future as a nation, and as individuals.
“I embrace that our historic leaders left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth, it is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began,” Obama said.
He also added that the nation’s journey is not complete until wives, mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts, and that the journey is not complete until our gays are treated like anyone else under the law.
Towards the end of his speech the president pointed out that if this nation wants to continually succeed it must not have a huge economic class difference.
“For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class,” Obama said.
“We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship,” Obama said.
The president would close his speech telling America that “We” you and I have the power to set this country on course.
There were also notable celebrity faces in attendance like Hip Hop artist Jay-Z and his lady Beyonce who had the privilege of singing the national anthem. American sweetheart Kelly Clarkson had the pleasure to sing “My Country Tis of Thee” during the inauguration as well.
As we embark on four more years with Obama, do you believe it will be a more successful four years than his first term?
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