Obama Inaugural Address: What Did You Think?

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President Barack Obama gave his inaugural address today, beginning his second White House term with an ambitious agenda and a call for national unity.

On a cold morning in Washington, D.C., the 44th President asked this great nation to live up to its founding ideals and to bringing about needed change.

Obama invoked the country's history of hardship - be it from the deficit, rising health care costs, climate change and equal rights - and overcoming adversity.

"We are made for this moment, and we will seize it - so long as we seize it together," Obama said, after taking the oath and being sworn in for a second term.

He urged citizens to meet "the obligation to shape the debates of our time - not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our enduring ideals."

Amid the pomp and ceremony, the event symbolized U.S. democracy with a peaceful extension of power based on 2012's bitterly contested election.

While focusing on broader themes of democracy and citizenship, Obama referred to some specific issues facing the country after his first four years in power:

  • Economic disparity: Obama said Americans understand that "our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it."
  • Spending: He rejects "that we must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future."
  • Climate change: Obama vowed to "respond to the threat ... knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations."
  • Gun control: The President said "all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown" should be safe from harm.
  • World peace: Americans "still believe that enduring security and peace do not require perpetual war" and that "engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear."
  • Equality: Perhaps Obama's loudest cheer came when he said we should not rest "until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts," and "until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law."

Unlike Obama's 2009 inauguration, he cast a more optimistic tone for the next four years as he laid out his vision for America in strokes both broad and specific.

The ceremony featured Beyonce's national anthem and Kelly Clarkson's performance of "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" and will be followed by events throughout today.

What did you think of the speech? And of the prospects for the next four years under Obama's leadership in general? Comment (and vote) below!

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Just more empty promises from an empty suit. This man is clueless and this country is doomed as long as "progressives's" have it in a strangle hold.

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@ shadowRider

Apparently people didn't see him as dooming. He was reelected.

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@ Nelly

The doomed never see it coming- even when it happens to another. Anglo Americans are not going to live with the sh*t of the earth and that includes the whites who are to damn sorry to get off their ass and fend for themselves. The dissatisfaction will come early in this 2nd go around. Even the sheep will be restless. Hating our side does not quench your thirst. You are hopeless and without the ambition to lead a prosperous life. This journey of liberal America will be short lived! We are keeping score and paying attention at the weak.

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Just more empty promises from an empty suit. This man is clueless and this country is doomed as long as "progressives's" have it in a strangle hold.

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Didn't watch it. 4 years of that lying pos is enough. There's a prison cell waiting foe Barack Hussein Obama.

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@ allsaints45

Are you stupid??

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@ allsaints45

There is a fire in hell waiting for you allsaints45.....

Barack Obama Biography

Barack and Michelle Obama Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. He became a Democratic U.S. Senator from Illinois in 2004, and has... More »
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Barack Hussein Obama II

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