Barack Obama: First Inaugural Address


Barack Obama's Inaugural Address, delivered January 20, 2009, in the brittle winter sunshine on the west portico of the U.S. Capitol, was the most anticipated political speech of the first decade of the twenty-first century. Obama delivered his inaugural address before a crowd of 1.8 million people, more than had ever before seen a president take the oath of office. Obama created such excitement partly because, as the first African American president, his election proved, as he himself had declared on election night in November 2008, that “America is a place where all things are possible.” Obama had inspired millions of Americans with his eloquence and his promise to bring change at a time when an economic collapse was devastating individual lives and when American forces remained engaged in two long and controversial wars. In his inaugural address, Obama offered the American people hope that the nation would meet these serious challenges, but he stated frankly that success...

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