Text of President Barack Obama‘s inaugural address on Tuesday, as delivered. Written by Jon Favreau.
I just read this after hearing it yesterday morning. I thought it to be an excellent speech that was appropriately unifying if not as outlandishly extravagant and historical as anticipated. I think that Obama recognizes his challenges, as well as his mortality, something that the romanticizing populous has forgotten just a bit. I think his speech, a rather humble one, subtly acnknowledged this.
Here it is, verbatim and voiceless.
OBAMA: 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 thankfor 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.