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Obama's Speech!

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"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 forbearers, 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."

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"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 short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted - 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 towards 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 non-believers. 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 sixty 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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195 comments to “Obama's Speech!”

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  1. 1

    damn. the speech isn't even over yet and it's already up here.

  2. 2

    i'm crying like a fucking baby right now!!!!


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  4. 4

    GO Huckabee

  5. 5

    are you typing it as he's writing it? it's still going on. lol make sure you actually read it afterwards Perez..

  6. 6

    BLAH BLAH broken promise Blah utter lie blah CHANGE blah,whatever!

  7. 7

    Damn, youre fast

  8. 8

    he's still talking shithead

  9. 9

    cute matching outfits :]

  10. 10

    we can read along with his speech now.

  11. 11

    best speech ever. amen, President Obama. amen.

  12. 12

    Shit in one hand and wish in the other people and see which one fills up first! He just another politician people!

  13. 13

    "we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."
    Finally, a fucking world leader that delivers a quote that doesn't have me pissing myself laughing out of sheer embarrassment.

  14. 14

    Re: meadowgirl – Drink some more Kool-aid.

  15. 15

    Re: meadowgirl – really….what was most memorable?

  16. 16

    WOW! He really flubbed those lines! Nice way to start.

  17. 17

    eh… so/so

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  19. Funzo says – reply to this



  20. 20

    obama try to save this world

  21. Funzo says – reply to this


    Re: harrybalsac

    perhaps, but that WAS a good speech, don't you think?

  22. 22

    Re: harrybalsac;) You my boo Harry.

  23. 23

    I am Canadian but that man has inspired me. He is amazing! I am very excited to see what he does for my neighbours to the south. Its been a long time since this world has seen a great leader and this man is definitely going to be a great leader. He will be the Lester B Pearson or the Winston Churchill of our time..

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    "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."
    stand out line according to mama

  25. 25

    God Bless President Obama! God Bless America!

  26. 26

    Love him. Period.

  27. 27

    He in like Flynn..hehehehe No more Bushwhacked out…..no more Cronies, no more Commis..heheheh whooooofukin hooooooooo

  28. 28

    Beautiful. I am moved and touched. I believe he can make a difference. I hope he is given the tools to do so. I am proud on this day.

  29. 29

    i didn't vote for him but he is our president i pray he does the right things for this country.

  30. 30

    GREAT speech! Haters shut up and get with it!

  31. 31

    Obama really is a wonderful speaker, let's hope he can deliver on his promises.

  32. 32

    Re: TheQueenSupreme – Madonna just gave me a sloppy BJ.

  33. 33

    Re: meadowgirl – ever??
    it was not that good.

  34. 34

    Re: harrybalsac – The Messiah's got 100 days from me and then after that he'll never hear the end of it!

  35. 35

    damm, im so glad im alive to witness the history that was maded today… shyt

    OBAMA 4lyfe!!!!

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    Im watching the inauguration right now.America finally has hope, with a president who actually is really passionate about his country + wants 2 make it the best it can possibly be! This is a historic moment and I feel very blessed that I live in a time where I can see this (+ im English) Which shows how much Obama touches every1 whatever country u live in. He has -most probably the hardest job a President of the USA has ever embarked on. Good luck to him + if he achieves even half of his ambitions we will be living in a more prospherous world! ps. on a lighter note how gorgeous are his little girls they are gonna be absolute stunners when their older they must be sooooo proud of their daddy!

  38. buck says – reply to this


    $170 million down the drain

  39. 39

    Yeah Obama!!!! He is what America needs…now lets hear all the hate.

  40. 40

    Ok, maybe not the right place or time..but I cracked up when he was saying the oath. He flubbed it up a lil. I burst out laughing at this part..when he was up there and he just kinda stood there, looking at the guy saying the oath to him. The look on his face..he waslike Wtf bitch..You went too fast..repeat it!! It looked like Michelle was bout to crack up as well.

    Anyway…hoorah for Obama. Hope he's better than Bush. Course, a really can't get much worse than Bush.

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    Re: harrybalsac – HarryBaby, you don't have to worry, honey coz the Republicans will keep Obama in check..heheheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    He has alot of fukin work to do and whoever that fuker is that's trying to block Hilary Clinton from being Sec. of State. better sit the fuk down and stfu, bitch.

  42. 42

    Re: Funzo – I've live thru 9 presidents now and the only one that delivered was Ronbo Regan, so I don't get to excited about this stuff anymore. We had hope for Dubya and what fucktard he turned out to be!

  43. tori says – reply to this


    First of all, I'm no Bush supporter or Obama hater. I am very hopeful for the new administration. BUT….can you just imagine if Bush had flubbed his oath of office the way Obama did? Every media outlet in the country would be playing it over and over, saying, "he can't even repeat the oath of office without screwing it up. what an idiot!" You know it's true!!

  44. 44

    good speech writers.

  45. 45

    Re: RedWingsFan – I hope he proves me wrong , I really do but I ain't holdin' my breath!

  46. 46

    Thank u perezito!!
    Obama es una esperanza

    Besos saludos a Toby

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  48. 48

    "when white will embrace right"?……wtf

  49. 49

    Boring and not very inspired. But a ton better then bush could ever do.

  50. 50

    Obama muffed the Oath of Office… it was embarrassing..even Bush didn't stumble over that!

  51. 51

    God Bless America
    and all of her tittie bars
    and all of our TROOPS THAT

  52. 52

    Nothing in there about the gays Perez.

  53. 53

    Obama SUCKS! He is a fraud that has spent over $500,000 on a team of lawyers to keep his birth certificate sealed because he in NOT a natural born citizen as the Constitution requires. Hopefully, one of the 30 lawsuits makes him produce it and he is fired and jailed for fraud. He is a joke that was elected by the liberal media simply because he is black. If her was white, named Jerry Smith and only served 143 days in the Illinois senate, then nobody would have ever heard of him. To compare him to MLK is an insult! MLK devoted his life to his cause and suffered generations of racism. Obama is a poser that changes his race depending on his audience…

  54. 54

    We are a step closer to global unity, prosperity, and peace!

    “One day, youngsters will learn words they will not understand. Children from India will ask: what is hunger? Children from Alabama will ask: what is racial segregation? Children from Hiroshima will ask: what is the atomic bomb? Children at school will ask: what is war? You will answer them. You will tell them: those words are not used anymore. Like stage coaches, galleys, or slavery; words no longer meaningful. That is why they have dictionaries.” – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

  55. buck says – reply to this


    i wonder if this country is ready to commission an all-white choir to sing at a national event

  56. 56

    Re: Miss McGillicutty – hehe…..i wasn't going to say anything….but lol

  57. Soz says – reply to this


    damn you're fast!

  58. LBaby says – reply to this


    same shit different skin

  59. 59

    Re: NoBama4all – Don't be bitter. Many of us had to accept Bush as our president through two questionable elections; give peace a chance.

  60. 60

    Re: Aileen (Canada)
    He's not a great speaker he couldn't even recite the lines back

  61. 61

    Re: harrybalsac – I never trusted G.W. coz he was like his dad but times a milion..hheeheheheheee he dad also
    ruined great jobs.

  62. 62

    Well he did promise to get the troops out of Iraq out what he didn't say was that he would be sending them to Afghani….it's a shame….

  63. 63

    great speech!

  64. buck says – reply to this


    Re: Miss McGillicutty – Obama muffed the Oath of Office

    this was the first time he had to say something without the use of a teleprompter.

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    hooray for america !
    yes we DID !

  67. 67

    Re: mamajud – 48….from invocation…before haters start shitting

  68. 68

    People, so he flubbed it up a little. I'm sure he was nervous as hell with all those cameras there, the people around him and out in the crowd..all watching him. How calm would your stomach have been?! I'm sure I would've thrown up all over the bible and the guy telling me the oath, and whoever else was around me. My legs would've been jelly and my stomach churning. No one is perfect..he is only human.

  69. 69

    i dont care for the outfit

  70. 70

    Sorry people.

    This man is going to REALLY let you all down.

    Mark my words!

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  72. tori says – reply to this


    Yep, that confirms it! ABC's Diane Sawyer just said "We have some news about the oath, the part where Obama needed a cue. Seems the chief justice changed the order of the words up a bit." They had to smooth it over for Obama, to make him not look stupid. Do you think they would have been apologists for Bush? No, they would have just said "All he had to do was repeat what the chief justice said." Again, not a Bush fan, I think he did a terrible job, but the media is so biased.

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  75. 75

    Re: SheriMoonFireFly – Want to sit on my face?

  76. 76

    Re: harrybalsac – I love you Harry! Smile!

  77. 77

    Re: SheriMoonFireFly – 51 Ya Sheri!!! oxox

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  79. 79

    IT CAN
    I LOVE OBAMA! :)

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  81. 81

    SEE YA LOSER!!!!

  82. 82

    It was a beautiful speech. Now, a new hope. I wish him well and I hope he does good work. Work together now.

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    it is an important day..and history is being made, but 170 million….jusr canot happen at a time like this. How do you create jobs when this is OUR first bill..yes ours….it comes out of our tax money. I am taxed by my state, by the federal, I am taxed on my cars, and even in the place where I live..and then they again tax me on cars. Pretty soon it is going to be poor and rich…for me the middle class will lose everything. Change the way the white house works obama….create tax free incentives, cut large goverment. Please. MAke your legacy the one that lives for hundreds of years….please..we are dying under this tax burden!

  85. 85

    President Obama didn't screw up the oath..the man reciting the words to him messed up the word faithfully - putting it after the sentence rather than before. So Obama stood there until the Justice reread it correctly

  86. tori says – reply to this


    Re: vegankjh

    He is the PRESIDENT!!! He can't afford to be nervous in front of alot of people or when cameras are on him. Are you kidding? What happens when he has to make a life or death decision? Run to the bathroom cause his stomach is nervous?

  87. 87

    The guy hasn't even done his job yet, at least let him do something than criticize.

  88. 88

    ehh, he's a celebrity, not a politician.

  89. kb09 says – reply to this


    what a bunch of shit… he would have a better future in writing fortune cookies.

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    [re=3332825]Re: tori[/re
    We don't know if the press would have played a Bush flub over and over and we do not know that the press won't play Obama's flub over and over. One thing we can be sure of is Obama is an eloquent speaker and Bush is not. No big deal, I see my self as more of a Bush speaker. What is important as we are opening a new chapter of history to a fresh new page!

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    Re: SWEETPIECE HAS A WARM EMBRACE! – happy for you today sweets… :)

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    Re: SheriMoonFireFly
    sorry Sherri but our troops are not coming home, unless he just put that out, but my hubby and I are headed to the beautiful Afghani desert….so I doubt anyone is coming home soon =(

  93. 93

    God bless him and Joe Biden as well as the rest of his seats..I pray they can really bring CHANGE to America, and inevitably the world! Bush really screwed us over hardcore and its ashame he got 2 terms, I know I didn't vote for him AT ALL.. DEMOCRATS ALL THE WAY!! XOXO

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    Re: LG IS SIMPLY YOURS! – 65 Wasn't the Simple Air just beautiful?
    Tis a gift! LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  95. 95

    Re: Smitty93 – Actually, it was the cheif who screwed up the swearing in, not Obama. No wonder Obama didn't vote for this guy.

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    Re: NoBama4all – God you're such a hateful fucking asshole. Get over yourself.

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    Re: gorgeousdoll – oh, ok. just because you said, huh? we all gots to be on the bandwagon and think like you, right?

  98. 98

    Re: gorgeousdoll – wait a second. i am just going to assume you didn't like GW, wanted him out asap, and didn't vote for him, and bitched the entire time he was in office, right?
    WHY THE FUCK ARE YOU STILL HERE? maybe if you guys who scream 'move to canada (or something!)' did what you preach, you'd be long gone and we'd still have some conservative hope!!!!!

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    For you idiots who think he flubbed the oath……. the ass chief justice that fed him the line said it wrong. That's why he looked at him to repeat it properly. Do your homework fools.

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    Re: harrybalsac – You're a racist redneck bastard. Go shoot yourself in the face.

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