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Obama's Inaugural Speech

Obama's Inaugural Speech

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My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have

bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. orty!four "mericans have now taken the presidential oath. #he words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. $et, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. "t these moments, "merica has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because %e the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents. &o it has been. &o it must be with this generation of "mericans. #hat we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. 'ur nation is at war, against a far!reaching network of violence and hatred. 'ur economy is badly weakened, a conse(uence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. )omes have been lost* +obs shed* businesses shuttered. 'ur health care is too costly* our schools fail too many* and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet. #hese are the indicators of crisis, sub+ect to data and statistics. ,ess measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land ! a nagging fear that "merica-s decline is inevitable, and that the ne.t generation must lower its sights. #oday I say to you that the challenges we face are real. #hey are serious and they are many. #hey will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, "merica ! they will be met. 'n this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. 'n this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics. %e remain a young nation, but in the words of &cripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. #he time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit* to choose

bold and swift. #hey saw "merica as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions* greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction. of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions ! that time has surely passed. and we will act ! not only to create new +obs. or us. "ll this we can do. or us. "nd we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. 0ather. 'ur +ourney has never been one of short!cuts or settling for less. #he state of the economy calls for action. we understand that greatness is never a given. %e will build the roads and bridges. or us. dust ourselves off. there is work to be done. passed on from generation to generation: the /od!given promise that all are e(ual. %e remain the most prosperous. and begin again the work of remaking "merica. "nd all this we . 'ur minds are no less inventive. or everywhere we look. who have carried us up the long. or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. In reaffirming the greatness of our nation. and wield technology-s wonders to raise health care-s (uality and lower its cost. It has not been the path for the faint!hearted ! for those who prefer leisure over work. 'ur workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. &tarting today. It must be earned. the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. we must pick ourselves up. 'ur capacity remains undiminished. powerful nation on 4arth. it has been the risk!takers. %e will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. but to lay a new foundation for growth. that noble idea. %e will restore science to its rightful place. the doers. in places like 1oncord and /ettysburg* 2ormandy and 3he &ahn. rugged path towards prosperity and freedom. they fought and died. But our time of standing pat. they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life. all are free. #his is the +ourney we continue today.our better history* to carry forward that precious gift. #ime and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. the makers of things ! some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor. our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness. they toiled in sweatshops and settled the %est* endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

and we are ready to lead once more. woman. %here the answer is yes. but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye. "nd so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today. a retirement that is dignified.will do. Instead.ample. faced with perils we can scarcely imagine. 2or is the (uestion before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. a charter e. #he success of our economy has always depended not +ust on the size of our /ross 5omestic Product. and do our business in the light of day ! because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government. there are some who (uestion the scale of our ambitions ! who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. we can . but because it is the surest route to our common good. the force of our e. but with the sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. Its power to generate wealth and e. drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man. 'ur ounding athers. programs will end. we re+ect as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. but on the reach of our prosperity* on the ability to e. 0ecall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not +ust with missiles and tanks.tend opportunity to every willing heart ! not out of charity. 2ow. #heir memories are short. #he (uestion we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small. but whether it works ! whether it helps families find +obs at a decent wage.pedience-s sake. nor does it entitle us to do as we please. and necessity to courage. "s for our common defense. "nd those of us who manage the public-s dollars will be held to account ! to spend wisely. the tempering (ualities of humility and restraint. #hey understood that our power alone cannot protect us.pand freedom is unmatched. and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity. and we will not give them up for e. the market can spin out of control ! and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that "merica is a friend of each nation and every man. they knew that our power grows through its prudent use* our security emanates from the +ustness of our cause. or they have forgotten what this country has already done* what free men and women can achieve when imagination is +oined to common purpose. %hat the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them ! that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. reform bad habits. /uided by these principles once more. we intend to move forward. #hose ideals still light the world.panded by the blood of generations. %here the answer is no. care they can afford. %e are the keepers of this legacy.

we6ll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat. based on mutual interest and mutual respect. #o those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict. we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken* you cannot outlast us. at this very hour. #o the people of poor nations. drawn from every end of this 4arth* and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation. %e will begin to responsibly leave Ira( to its people.tend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist. and forge a hard!earned peace in "fghanistan. our common humanity shall reveal itself* and that "merica must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace. not a weakness. or blame their society-s ills on the %est ! know that your people will +udge you on what you can build. #o the Muslim world. and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents. and we must change with it. patrol far!off deserts and distant mountains. or the world has changed. or we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength. but because they embody the spirit of service* a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. +ust as the fallen heroes who lie in "rlington whisper through the ages. we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow* to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders* nor can we consume the world-s resources without regard to effect. "s we consider the road that unfolds before us. %e will not apologize for our way of life. "nd to those nations like ours that en+oy relative plenty. %ith old friends and former foes. we remember with humble gratitude those brave "mericans who. we seek a new way forward. %e honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty. #o those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent. and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united. we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass* that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve* that as the world grows smaller. %e are a nation of 1hristians and Muslims. at this moment ! a moment that will define a generation ! it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all. %e are shaped by every language and culture. and roll back the specter of a warming planet. 7ews and )indus ! and non!believers. "nd yet. not what you destroy. and we will defeat you. know that you are on the wrong side of history* but that we will e.meet those new threats that demand even greater effort ! even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. . nor will we waver in its defense. #hey have something to tell us.

It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break. let us remember these timeless words.8 "merica. .. the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their +ob which sees us through our darkest hours. that finally decides our fate. 'ur challenges may be new. firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit. It is the firefighter-s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke.et it be told to the future world. and the world. on the part of every "merican.. and why a man whose father less than si. duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly.or as much as government can do and must do. but also a parent-s willingness to nurture a child.. %hat is demanded then is a return to these truths. let us brave once more the icy currents. &o let us mark this day with remembrance. a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river.ty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath. #he snow was stained with blood. in this winter of our hardship. "t a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt. of who we are and how far we have traveled. came forth to meet 9it:. #his is the price and the promise of citizenship. In the face of our common dangers. In the year of "merica-s birth. it is ultimately the faith and determination of the "merican people upon which this nation relies. #hese things are true. than giving our all to a difficult task. #hey have been the (uiet force of progress throughout our history. the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people: 8. #his is the meaning of our liberty and our creed ! why men and women and children of every race and every faith can +oin in celebration across this magnificent mall. #he enemy was advancing. when nothing but hope and virtue could survive. But those values upon which our success depends ! honesty and hard work. so defining of our character. that we have duties to ourselves. our nation. %hat is re(uired of us now is a new era of responsibility ! a recognition.. tolerance and curiosity.that the city and the country. #his is the source of our confidence ! the knowledge that /od calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.et it be said by our children-s . courage and fair play. %ith hope and virtue.that in the depth of winter. in the coldest of months. #he capital was abandoned. alarmed at one common danger. and endure what storms may come. #he instruments with which we meet them may be new. loyalty and patriotism ! these things are old.

ed on the horizon and /od-s grace upon us. /od bless you and /od bless the . we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.children that when we were tested we refused to let this +ourney end. that we did not turn back nor did we falter* and with eyes fi. #hank you.nited &tates of "merica. .

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