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President Obama's Inaugural Speech - Video and Transcript

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 forebearers, and true to our founding documents.

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

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence 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. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our 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.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land -- a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On 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.

We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the fainthearted -- for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things -- some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor -- who have carried us up the long, rugged path toward prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again, these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions -- that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act -- not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. And all this we will do.

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions -- who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What 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. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works -- whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account -- to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day -- because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control -- and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on our ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart -- not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: Know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort -- even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus -- and nonbelievers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, 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, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West: Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment -- a moment that will define a generation -- it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends -- hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism -- these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. 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 seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence -- the knowledge that God calls on us to shape 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, and why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. 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. At a 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 the 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]."

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.


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Comment balloon 27 commentsMirela Monte • January 20 2009 01:19PM


What a speech! What a delivery! What are your thoughts on it?
Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 11 years ago
I was so inspired by this event! The collective consciousness of a nation is now behind this great orator, dreamer and leader. It will take the collective consciousness of a nation to bring to fruition the goals set forth here... God bless our new President! God bless America!
Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 11 years ago
Mirela - I could not take my eyes off throught the whole inauguraton ceremony. I'm glad you posted for members who did not yet had a chance to view it. Your comment above sums it all up. Thank you!
Posted by Petra Norris, Realtor, Lakeland FL Homes for Sale (Lakeland Real Estate Group, Inc.) over 11 years ago
I thought it was a very good speech, i wish him and his family all the best.
Posted by Tom Ski, Social Media Marketing, Online Radio (BeFirst Media Group) over 11 years ago

From this Canadian's perspective (and a member of the Free World, of which you just elected it's President) THANK YOU!

If you feel so inclined, visit my post from this morning:

Posted by Rick Sergison (Keller Williams Real Estate Associates in the Toronto Area) over 11 years ago
I will come back to this beautiful speech again and again. Such poignant points were made. Throughout it all, I perceived a higher road to reaching our goals.
Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 11 years ago

This has been such an inspiring day, a Day of hope. I am so proud to be an American.

Posted by Missy Marable (Century 21 Collier & Company) over 11 years ago

Mirela, the whole speach has left me drained emotionally.  Aretha blew me away as usual as well.

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 11 years ago
The collective consciousness of the entire nation is not behind this great orator, and dreamer!! We are behind the President and Commander in Chief. We don't have to like the man to respect his position.
Posted by Diana Lyons over 11 years ago

Mirela, I was inspired and enthused. It was amazing. I have never felt so hopeful and encouraged about our future and place in the world. hanks


Posted by Bo Hussung (Bell Title /Triserv LLC) over 11 years ago

Mirela, what a day!  What a day!  My 12 year old was home sick from school and we were glued to the TV together.  It was an honor to listen to this president.   He fills me with hope.  xxoo

Posted by Susan Mangigian, Chester & Delaware County Homes, Delaware and Ches (RE/MAX Preferred, West Chester, PA, RS152252A) over 11 years ago

I thought the speech was rather boring.

Posted by Mona B. over 11 years ago

Mirela - Thanks for the transcript.  I thought the speech was awesome.  I have bookmarked this so that I can come back to it.

Posted by Pam Dent, REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse (Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc.) over 11 years ago
Mirela, Thank you for your post. I watched the inaugaration today and I had tears in my eyes several different times. We all need to pray for our new president as he definitely has his work cut out for him in trying to put our country back on the right track.
Posted by Linda DeRusha, Broker/Realtor, ABR,ASP,CDPE (Coldwell Banker Advantage) over 11 years ago

Hi Mirela, Thank you for posting this. I was working and was not able to watch it live. I have been watching all the television since I got home. This speech is wonderful. I have the hope that he intends to instill.. hope over fear.

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 11 years ago

It is surprising that realtors would just overlook that fact that Obama was the second largest recipent of money paid out by the lobbiest from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to turn his head when others in John McCain and President Bush....warned about the problems that were being created by the horrible lending practices by Obama supporters.

I just don't get it.  Do you not even know that Obama is one of the reasons our business is in the shape it is in today.  All you all call it inspiring....  I call it sick.


Posted by Mona B over 11 years ago
Mona B: 1. Why don't you say what you have to say under your AR profile logo, instead of the anonymous tag? 2. Politics and taking sides ended in November. Regardless of what you think about the President, it is time to stop chipping away at him. It does no one any good to do that. These are not easy times. We will need to stick together, as a nation, and work together to get through the many obstacles ahead. The times for pointing fingers have ended. Let's all put our differences aside and root for our leader and for our country! God blless America! And God bless you too Mona B! Let's visualize great things ahead, both for our country and for ourselves!
Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 11 years ago

Great speech and inauguration day.  Now I hope the country rallies and gives him time to hopefully work some miracles.  It will be tough!

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) over 11 years ago
Good Morning Mirela - I was in Professional Standards class all day yesterday - but we were able to watch the inauguration during our lunch break. Now....., where is my affordable health care that I've been promised ?? :)
Posted by Kara Casamassina, Boomers and beyond (International Property Management Group, LLC) over 11 years ago

Thank you for allowing us to see the speech in print. I was so excited during his speech that I appreciate being able to read and see what I may have missed. I just don't understand how people without confirmation can still say terrible things about him. I can remember the awful things that were being said before, which were not proven and were all lies. So, before someone makes the comments like Mona B, please check your information. If you have proof of this, please share. He may not be a perfect person, but who is? He has already made many people proud and children especially are talking about how they want to go somewhere in life. That alone will help this country if our children are motivated to learn!

Posted by Gail Cruz - RE/MAX Premier Associates - Florida over 11 years ago

Mona B, you are so right, it is sickening how American's have allowed themselves to be deceived by the mainstream media and Barack Obama. Why was there even a need to print his speech here,? isn't this a business web site and blog, not a political one? The comments here sound like people who are under the influence of a cult leader. WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!

Posted by Valerie over 11 years ago

As mature adults who have a huge responsibility not only to ourselves but to your children, one should do as much research into anyone who is seeking the most important job in the world.  It is so obvious that millions of people didn't do this because if they did, the outcome of the election would have been different.  But, instead of relying on our own intellengence, we allowed the media to white wash everything that should have been given over to the public so that an intelligent vote could be made. 

So, to follow up with the comment about having the correct information, I have included below.  I unlike half of this country did do my homework and read the results of the Annenburg Challenge that Obama administered under the oversight of Bill Ayers the terriorist who bombed the Capitol and found data that gives me pause and distrust of our new President.   

Believe me, I hope that Obama doesn't do what he says he is going to do to this country.  But, he has already started by saying he is going to release the terriorist held at Guantanimo (sp).  At least Bush keep us safe.  I fear for our Country financially and the safety of our children and grandchildren....  Mine won't walk around with their eyes closed and minds brainwashed just because a man is half black.... 

The real estate market is the way it is due to Democrats who were only looking out for their own they are in power.... God PROTECT America


A review of Federal Election Commission records back to 1989 reveals Obama in his three complete years in the Senate is the second largest recipient of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae campaign contributions, behind only Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., the powerful chairman of the Senate banking committee. Dodd was first elected to the Senate in 1980.

From 1989 to 2008, Dodd received $165,400 in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac campaign contributions, including contributions from PACs and individuals, followed by Obama, who received $126,349 in such contributions since being elected to the Senate in 2004.  Obama received in 3 years more money than Dodd did 9 years.

When the issues were raised and concerns voiced about the illegal practices of Fannie and Freddie, Democrat Senators did everything to delay and deny there was any thing wrong with these institutions. 

Yesterday the market tanked which was the worst drop in history on inaugeration day...the market knows what we are up against and Obama isn't the answer to all our problems....he has been part of the problem.

This is why we as realtors are experiences what we are today.  I hope that you maintain your blissful joy as our country falls further into economic distress.  And I hope you take full responsibility for your vote.....

Posted by Mona B. over 11 years ago

It is nice to see one's perspectives when it comes to politics.  I myself am a Republican and an no supporter of Obama.  But I do hope that he can bring the change he has mentionied so many times in his speeches and that this country can get back on it's feet.  Thanks for your postings they're always so nice to read.

Posted by Nancy over 11 years ago
Mona, this blog was not the place for you to air your grievances. If you are convinced of the wrongdoings, you should have done something about it. Just whining about it as a comment to this Optimist post will not solve anything.

When the government wanted to put a hazardous waste facility in my neighborhood, I went door to door and collected signatures on my petition. I then mobilized hundreds of people into action. We marched, we protested, we created a stir and we got a lot of press coverage (front page news!!!). To make a very long story short: We won and stopped something we all believed was wrong.

When you are CONVINCED some wrong doing is occurring, DO something about it! When you are not convinced, when you DON’T HAVE ADEQUATE PROOF and it’s all just MALEVOLENT GOSSIP, you would do better to stop whining about it. It gets no results, it’s ill intended and perceived as such. You are going to garner no supporters here.

This blog was about a new beginning. This blog was about hope. This blog was not political. We finished that “bashing” business in November, I thought…

Obama is more than just a “half-black” person, as you called him. He represents hope for millions of people around the World. He came from nothing and through sheer determination, focus, dedication and hard work, he attained the highest post in the United States. Obama is an inspiration because if he could make his person rise from the ashes, he could probably do the same for this country. He represents hope because he espouses peace instead of war, communication instead of intimidation and love instead of hate. He is a new age leader and if ever there was a time we needed change, that time is NOW!

Let’s keep this positive! Let’s put our differences aside and concentrate on doing our part in solving the many problems at hand!
Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 11 years ago

This speech is one for the ages- I'm wondering how we'll look back on this event many years down the road as, in the short history of this country, we have just passed an amazing milestone.

Posted by Chuck Willman, Utah Homes (Utah Homes) over 11 years ago
I love this part: To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West: Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.
Posted by Mirela Monte, Myrtle Beach Real Estate (Buyers' Choice Realty) over 11 years ago

Dear Mirela, I had to check back. Your answer to Mona B. was so eloquent, and thoughtful. Much better than I could have ever done ! I so appreciate you, Mirela Monte!!  You enrich our lives at AR!! Thank you!

Posted by Mary Douglas, REALTOR, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado (United Country Ponderosa Realty, Red Feather Lakes, Colorado) over 11 years ago