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24 enero, 2013
OBAMA'S INAGURATION SPEECH
Chief Justice Roberts: Please raise your right hand and repeat after me.
I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear...
The President: I, Barack Hussein Obama, do solemnly swear...
Chief Justice Roberts: ...that I will faithfully execute...
The President: ...that I will faithfully execute...
Chief Justice Roberts: ...the office of president of the United States...
The President: ...the office of president of the United States...
Chief Justice Roberts: ...and will, to the best of my ability...
The President: ...and will, to the best of my ability...
Chief Justice Roberts: ...preserve, protect and defend...
The President: ...preserve, protect and defend...
Chief Justice Roberts: ...the Constitution of the United States.
The President: ...the Constitution of the United States.
Chief Justice Roberts: So help you God?
The President: So help me God.
Chief Justice Roberts: Congratulations, Mr. President.
United States Marine Band: ♪♪ ("Hail to the Chief") ♪♪
Senator Schumer: Ladies and gentlemen.
It is my great privilege and distinct honor to introduce
the 44th President of the United States of America,
Barack H. Obama.
(cheers and applause)
The President: Thank you.
(cheers and applause)
Thank you so much.
Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, members of the United
States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens,
each time we gather to inaugurate a president,
we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution.
We affirm the promise of our democracy.
We recall that what binds this nation together is not
the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or
the origins of our names.
What makes us exceptional, what makes us America is
our allegiance to an idea articulated in a declaration
made more than two centuries ago.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men
are created equal.
That they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable
rights, and among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit
Today we continue a never ending journey to bridge the meaning of
those words with the realities of our time.
For history tells us that while these truths may be
self-evident, they've never been self-executing.
That while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured
by his people here on earth.
The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of
a king with the privileges of a few, or the rule of a mob.
They gave to us a republic, a government of, and by, and for
Entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.
And for more than 200 years we have.
Through blood drawn by lash, and blood drawn by sword, we noted
that no union founded on the principles of liberty
and equality could survive half slave, and half free.
We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.
Together we determined that a modern economy requires
railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce, schools and
colleges to train our workers.
Together we discovered that a free market only thrives when
there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.
Together we resolve that a great nation must care for
the vulnerable and protect its people from life's worst
hazards and misfortune.
Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of
central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that
all society's ills can be cured through government alone.
Our celebration of initiative and enterprise, our insistence
on hard work and personal responsibility, these are
constants in our character.
For we have always understood that when times change, so must
we, that fidelity to our founding principles requires
new responses to new challenges, that preserving our individual
freedoms ultimately requires collective action.
For the American people can no more meet the demands of today's
world by acting alone than American soldiers could have
met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets
No single person can train all the math and science teachers
we'll need to equip our children for the future.
Or build the roads and networks and research
labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores.
Now, more than ever, we must do these things together,
as one nation, and one people.
This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that
steeled our resolve and proved our resilience.
A decade of war is now ending.
And economic recovery has begun.
America's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all
the qualities that this world without boundaries demands:
youth and drive, diversity and openness, of endless capacity
for risk and a gift for reinvention.
My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment and we
will seize it, so long as we seize it together.
For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed
when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely
We believe that America's prosperity must rest upon
the broad shoulders of a rising middle class.
We know that America thrives when every person can find
independence and pride in their work, when the wages of honest
labor will liberate families from the brink of hardship.
We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the
bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed
as anybody else because she is an American, she is free, and
she is equal not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.
We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to
the needs of our time.
So we must harness new ideas and technology to remake our
government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower
our citizens with the skills they need to work hard or learn
more, reach higher.
But while the means will change, our purpose endures.
A nation that rewards the effort and determination of every
single American, that is what this moment requires.
That is what will give real meaning to our creed.
We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a
basic measure of security and dignity.
We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health
care and the size of our deficit.
But we reject the belief that America must choose between
caring for the generation that built this country and investing
in the generation that will build its future.
For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years
were spent in poverty and parents of a child with a
disability had nowhere to turn.
We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for
the lucky or happiness for the few.
We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives,
any one of us at any time may face a job loss or a sudden
illness or a home swept away in a terrible storm.
The commitments we make to each other through Medicare
and Medicaid and Social Security,
these things do not sap our initiative.
They strengthen us.
They do not make us a nation of takers.
They free us to take the risks that make this country great.
We, the people, still believe that our obligations as
Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity.
We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the
failure to do so would betray our children and
Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of
science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging
fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.
The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long
and sometimes difficult.
But American cannot resist this transition.
We must lead it.
We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power
new jobs and new industries.
We must claim its promise.
That's how we will maintain our economic vitality and our
national treasure, our forests and waterways, our crop lands
and snowcapped peaks.
That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our
care by God.
That's what will lend meaning to the creed our
fathers once declared.
We, the people, still believe that enduring security and
lasting peace do not require perpetual war.
Our brave men and women in uniform tempered by the flames
of battle are unmatched in skill and courage.
Our citizens seared by the memory of those we have lost,
know too well the price that is paid for liberty.
The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us forever vigilant
against those who would do us harm.
But we are also heirs to those who won the peace, and not just
the war; who turn sworn enemies into the surest of friends.
And we must carry those lessons into this time as well.
We will defend our people, and uphold our values through
strength of arms, and the rule of law.
We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with
other nations peacefully.
Not because we are naive about the dangers we face, but because
engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear.
America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every
corner of the globe.
And we will renew those institutions that extend
our capacity to manage crisis abroad.
For no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its
most powerful nation.
We will support democracy from Asia to Africa, from the
Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our
conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long
And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick,
the marginalized, the victims of prejudice.
Not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time
requires the constant advance of those principles that our
common creed describes; tolerance and opportunity,
human dignity and justice.
We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths
that all of us are created equal -- is the star that guides us
still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls
and Selma and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and
women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great
mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to
hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is
inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.
It is now our generation's task to carry on what those pioneers
began, for our journey is not complete until our wives, our
mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.
Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and
sisters are treated like anyone else under the law, for if we
are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one
another must be equal, as well.
Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced
to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote.
Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to
welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America
as a land of opportunity, until bright young students
and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than
expelled from our country.
Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the
streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes
of Newtown, know that they are cared for and cherished
and always safe from harm.
That is our generation's task, to make these works, these
rights, these values of life and liberty and the pursuit
of happiness real for every American.
Being true to our founding documents does not require
us to agree on every contour of life.
It does not mean we all define liberty in exactly the same way
or follow the same precise path to happiness.
Progress does not compel us to settle century's long debates
about the role of government for all time, but it does require us
to act in our time.
For now, decisions are upon us and we cannot afford delay.
We cannot mistake absolutism for principle or substitute
spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.
We must act.
We must act knowing that our work will be imperfect.
We must act knowing that today's victories will be only partial,
and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years and
40 years and 400 years hence to advance the timeless spirit
once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.
My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today,
like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol,
was an oath to God and country, not party or faction.
And we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration
of our service.
But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath
that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty,
or an immigrant realizes her dream.
My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the
flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride.
They are the words of citizens, and they represent
our greatest hope.
You and I, as citizens, have the power to set
this country's course.
You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates
of our time, not only with the votes we cast, but the voices
we lift in defense of our most ancient values and
Let us each of us now embrace with solemn duty, and awesome
joy, what is our lasting birthright.
With common effort and common purpose, with passion and
dedication, let us answer the call of history and carry into
an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.
Thank you. God bless you.
And may He forever bless these United States of America.
(cheers and applause)
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