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Barack Obama's Inaugural Speech - Closing Remarks
« on: January 21, 2009, 05:54:05 am »
This is Macky with you. I tried putting this piece of history in writing folks:

What  is required of us now is a new era of responsibility. A recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world. Duties that we do not grudgingly accept, but rather sees gladly. Firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character and giving our all to a difficult test. This, is the price in the promise of citizenship. This is the source of our confidence. The knowledge that God calls on us to straighten  an uncertain destiny. This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed why,  men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall (pause).

And why a man whose father less than 60 years ago, might not have been served in a local restaurant, can now stand before you, to take a more sacred oath (applause and Obama’s parents in standing ovation, whistle, yeah, whow).

Let us mark this day of remembrance of who we are and how far we have travelled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by, dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned, the enemy was advancing, the snow was stained with blood. And the moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people: Let it be told to future world, that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive, that the city and the country alarmed at one common danger came forth to meet it (short pause).

America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue let us brave once more the icy currents and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested, we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter, and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom, and delivered it safely, to future generations.

Thank you, God bless you and God bless the United States of America (applause).


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Re: Barack Obama's Inaugural Speech - Closing Remarks
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2009, 06:17:11 am »
By God's grace we move forward and progress forward.

Amen, President Obama, God Bless The United States of America.

I have alot of hope for you, President Obama.

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Re: Barack Obama's Inaugural Speech - Closing Remarks
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2009, 08:57:03 am »
He has a challenging/difficult political carrier.  It is a hard time for the new elected President. The American  people have a high expectations from him. God may enlighten his ways.

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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2009, 01:09:04 pm »

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Re: Barack Obama's Inaugural Speech - Closing Remarks
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2009, 01:19:14 pm »

Biography of  Barack Obama

Born: 4 August 1961
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii
Best known as: The 44th president of the United States
Name at birth: Barack Hussein Obama II

Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States. A former Democratic U.S. senator from Illinois, he was elected president on 4 November 2008. Obama has spoken often of his multicultural background: his father was from Kenya, his mother from Kansas, and they met at the University of Hawaii. After his parents divorced and his father returned to Africa, Obama stayed with his mother and was raised in Indonesia and Hawaii. He earned an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in 1983 and a law degree from Harvard in 1991. He then joined the Chicago law firm of Miner, Barnhill & Galland, which specialized in civil rights legislation. He also lectured at the University of Chicago.

Obama was elected to the Illinois Senate in 1996, and then to the U.S. Senate in 2004, beating Republican candidate Alan Keyes. Obama shot to national fame after delivering the keynote speech in support of John Kerry at the 2004 Democratic national convention. The speech established Obama as a rising star in the party. Obama announced in February of 2007 that he would run for president in 2008; his last Democratic opponent, Sen. Hillary Clinton, dropped from the race in June of 2008, and Obama was formally nominated at the party's convention that August. He named Delaware senator Joe Biden to be his running mate, and they defeated Republican nominees John McCain and Sarah Palin in the general election. Obama is the first African-American president in American history. He published the personal memoir Dreams from My Father in 1995, and published a second book, The Audacity of Hope, in 2006. The title of the latter book was also the title of his 2004 keynote speech, and both books won Grammys for best spoken word album.

Extra credit: Obama married the former Michelle Robinson in 1992. They have two daughters: Malia (b. 1998) and Sasha (b. 2001)... Obama's father, also named Barack Obama, was black; his mother, Ann Dunham, was white. Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham (nicknamed "Toot"), died the day before Obama was elected in 2008... Obama attended Occidental College in Los Angeles before completing his undergraduate degree at Columbia... Obama's Senate website described him as "the first African American president of the Harvard Law Review" and "the third African American since Reconstruction to be elected to the U.S. Senate." The previous African-American senators elected by popular vote were Edward Brooke (1967-79, from Massachusetts) and Carol Moseley-Braun (1993-99, from Illinois). Two other African-Americans were chosen by state senates to become U.S. Senators: Hiram Revels (1870-71, from Mississippi) and Blanche Bruce (1875-81, also from Mississippi)... His 2008 Grammy for The Audacity of Hope beat books by two former presidents: Bill Clinton's Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World and Jimmy Carter's Sunday Mornings in Plains: Bringing Peace to a Changing World.

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