Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Mr. President

How nice to be able to say those words, and feel that the person they are directed at deserves the respect behind them.

This is everywhere on the internet, but I pass it along anyway: the complete text of Barack Obama's inauguration speech, given today. Anything in bold is mine.

Of course, now begins the hard part. But with a leader of intelligence, compassion, and an eye on the big picture, rather than personal agendas, we might just have a chance.
My biggest hope is that he can live up to what he's inspiring -- that we can all live up to it.

President Obama's speech:

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.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we the people have remained faithful to the ideals of our forebears, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

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