Barack Obama's Inauguration

Barack Obama's Inauguration

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We really are citizens of the World. I may not be a Yankee, but I was among the many “outsiders” who tuned in to a live broadcast, be it by television or the Internet, to watch President Barack Obama being sworn in as the 44th – and the 1st African-American – President of the United States. This is a historic event, not only for Uncle Sam, but for all international communities as well.

Hands down to that very powerful and inspiring speech. I’ve never seen America brimming with such national pride. The 911 tragedy may perhaps be the closest event that Americans have been banded together and it’s altogether a different scene. While the latter is devastating, the Inauguration is a jovial moment. A day a united front of Americans stood hoping that “Change has [really] come.” That’s where Obama’s power rely, i guess. Judging from this day alone, well he had brought about change (or a vision of it among everyone else for now).

These are some of the lines that I liked:

We have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord

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.

“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].”

I think there is one thing here for Filipinos to learn – to VOTE for a LEADER who is not only CAPABLE, but A LEADER who can INSPIRE and UNITE the people. Someone with enough charisma to influence us to CHANGE and the INTEGRITY to lead the people. A pretty big shoes to fill, i think.

ABC News has posted the full transcript of the Inaugural Address HERE.

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