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Barack Obama Sworn in as President!

The eyes of the world tuned in to watch as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president this morning just after 12 p.m. EST. Following his oath of office, Obama delivered a touching but frank address that highlighted the challenges the nation faces — particularly the economy — and America's pledge to work with other nations.

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 healthcare'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.

If you missed the address or want a closer read, you can see a full transcript of the speech here. What did you think of Obama's speech?


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America has witnessed 55 inaugural speeches (43 presidents, plus a dozen two-termers). Test your knowledge of past speeches with our quiz!

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Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
:rock:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
:smelly:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Well, back off then!!
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
"Better than when I took a pill that gave my body a concrete like weight and consistancy. It said if I fell in water I should call a doctor immediately." Yeah, I could see where that would be a problem. At least all I have to do with my spontaneous combustion problem is try to stay away from gas stations and the overly flatulent.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Yay! Thought his speech was great
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
"He also said "yellow will be mellow", "red can get ahead", "brown can stick around", and "black won't be sent back". Maybe he was--GASP--rhyming?" That's a bad excuse for that comment. It isn't just the white will do what's right comment that got to me. Although it did get to me. But the fact that he chose to point out colors in a speech that was about a man getting to where he was regardless of color. I thought it was a great inauguration until that point. It was lame and the fact that the rest of you cannot separate this man's words from Obama is even more lame. I don't blame this on Obama. What would he have done to control that? The fact that people are insinuating that the frustration from those words is simply because we don't like Obama is what get's me. So I guess i should insinuate that the only reason those words don't bother you is simply because you like Obam. IT'S ALL ABOUT OBAMA.... sure
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Saves room. Better than when I took a pill that gave my body a concrete like weight and consistancy. It said if I fell in water I should call a doctor immediately. :wink:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
"Lumpy Back syndrome again? Maybe some retroactive birth defects?" No, but I've spontaneously combusted three times in the last hour, and the levitation thing is really awkward when it happens on the bus.
stephley stephley 8 years
"Steph, you didn't give a simple answer, you gave a cyclical answer (which is no answer at all) and then repeated it." Sorry, but a complete hijacking of the thread and analysis of what stands out in your comments seems a bad idea all around.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
"It's my new medication. Keeps me calm. The side effects, however, are unfortunate." Lumpy Back syndrome again? Maybe some retroactive birth defects? :wink:
Meike Meike 8 years
Hmm...I saw Obama's inaugural speech at work but not the rest of it. As expected, it was a great speech. And, can't I be a feisty yellow? =(
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
I didn't really listen to the prayers, as the public display of such a personal belief made me feel a bit left out, but I like what Hypno had to say. The Rev is probably used to having a specific private audience who knows what he means and understands enough not to take offense. He slipped up by not being sensitive to his entire audience. It doesn't sound like he meant to offend.
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
So I guess i won't be sent back and I should do what's right. As some one who is half white, it seems to me as though he was just rhyming. I took no offense to it. :shrug:
em1282 em1282 8 years
I like the Sprite one, personally. :)
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Steph, you didn't give a simple answer, you gave a cyclical answer (which is no answer at all) and then repeated it.
indielove indielove 8 years
" "Meh, what should he have said instead? 'The white will see the light'? 'The white will not fright'? 'The white will drink Sprite'?" Haha!!! That's hilarious. " indie, you know you HAVE to stick around." ;)
stephley stephley 8 years
Mich, YOU said: "What stands out?" I responded: "That it isn't an anti-Obama bias that drives your comments." "Yeah, it's definitely NOT an anti-Obama thing." So I don't get this: "Steph, your last three comments have had no substance. If you have a point, please make it." You asked a simple question, I gave a simple answer. No one said there'd be an essay section.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Also, I like what hypno said--kind of like a 'thank you' for doing right, which is what has been happening in a lot of places for the past 30 years. But I guess that's just the optimist in me having a good day today. :)
em1282 em1282 8 years
Wow, something that sounds like it could come out of a Dr. Seuss book and probably created to sound cute and clever has "undone" what has happened with "race relations" for the past 30 years? Ok. Well, there's always the movie "Crash" to keep educating people, right? ;) I don't know, I ran it by my (white, Southern) boyfriend, without telling him what I thought of it, and he just said, "Meh, what should he have said instead? 'The white will see the light'? 'The white will not fright'? 'The white will drink Sprite'?" :rotfl: indie, you know you HAVE to stick around. ;)
indielove indielove 8 years
em: I guess I won't be sent back so, I can stick around. ;)
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
"yellow will be mellow, red can get ahead, brown can stick around, and black won't be sent back, and white will do what is right." The problem I have with this is it implies that everything that has been done for the last 30 years in the area of race relations has meant nothing. If this was the 60's, with the racists still on the rampages, and so many injustices being done in the name of race, I could understand the remark. It isn't, and the white has been trying to do what is right. How about we acknowledge that at this historic occasion.
em1282 em1282 8 years
"Lowery added a bit of humor to his benediction, it was not meant to be taken as seriously, definitely not an offense, as some of you have taken it." That's what I took from it indie. And I'm also glad that since I'm brown I should stick around. Oh and part yellow, so I'm mellow, too.
em1282 em1282 8 years
He also said "yellow will be mellow", "red can get ahead", "brown can stick around", and "black won't be sent back". Maybe he was--GASP--rhyming?
Michelann Michelann 8 years
Steph, your last three comments have had no substance. If you have a point, please make it.
stephley stephley 8 years
Yeah, it's definitely NOT an anti-Obama thing.
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