obama inaugural speech
A new president takes the helm in Mali today, and Moroccan king Muhammad VI is in the Malian capital Bamako as an honored guest, to congratulate him personally as well as lay out plans to build on a relationship the king has been nurturing.
In his 1961 inaugural address, Kennedy called the UN one of the most important pillars of American security. No president since then has ever mentioned the UN again in an inaugural address. Last month Obama proved to be no different in his remarks.
There are tales of a butch throwing the first punch at a cop, a projectile high-heeled shoe being lobbed across the crowd, among others, all of which have been said to have ignited the crowd to resist arrest. But regardless of which catalytic moment you want to believe, something snapped.
My generation has been programed to expect the worst from our heroes. Tiger, Weiner, A-Rod, Spitzer, Favre and Edwards all taught us that underneath that amazing golf swing, or that seemingly flawless head of hair, is the capacity to disappoint.
Just as Kennedy will forever be the president that inspired a nation to accomplish the impossible, President Obama has the opportunity to be one to usher the world into the Energy Age.
Have you ever wondered why it's become almost a hobby of billionaires to scapegoat our public schools for the widening inequality of our society? The answer is that if the problem is schools, then we don't have to think about all the other drivers of inequality. And if we can weaken a public institution along the way, so much the better. The fact is that in the late 1990s, when we had full employment, inequality narrowed and people at the bottom made the biggest gains. And we had the same schools; in fact, the test scores and graduation rates were worse back then than the ones we have today. In the 1950s and 1960s, when we had strong unions and near-full employment, the society became more equal. Face it, we could improve our test scores, and send everyone to college, but until we address the other sources of inequality, we will just have more frustrated graduates.
America used to be a land where we took care of our own. Times are changing. Today, some would have the weakest and most vulnerable among us tighten their belts, lower their expectations, and take care of themselves.
Folks turned up to be a part of the second inauguration of Barack Hussein Obama with hope in their hearts and a dream in their eyes. America was alive that day in Washington.