Tuesday, January 20, 2009
19th January 2009
There were over 4million people to see this historic event, Barack Obama, the first black President of the United States of America.
"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 co-operation he has shown throughout this transition."
"Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath."
"The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit to chose 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."
"We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to it's people and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan with old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lesson the nuclear threat, and roll back the spectre of a warming planet."
"We will not apologise for our way of life, nor will we waver in it's defence, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering the innoncents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken, you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you."
"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, honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiousity, loyalty and patriotism- these things are old.
These things are true."
During his speech the television cameras scanned the millions of people there, many of whom were openly crying, and I was rather emotional myself to be honest.
The speech went on for about 20 minutes, these are just a few paragraphs I have picked out, to be honest they were my favourite part of his speech. However, there was one thing I thought of when listening to Barack Obama, it was that he reminded me of two people.
2. Martin Luther King.
With a mixture like that I don't think you can go to far wrong.