Today, the world came together to witness the historic inauguration of President Barrack Obama. President Obama assumes office amidst war and an economic recession—an undeniable crossroads in American history. In his speech, the President described this moment as one that will “define a generation”. His nearly 20-minute address focused on this crucial moment in history.
Although President Obama’s inaugural address lacked the power and brilliance of his post-New Hampshire primary speech, it was characteristically effective in its aims. The President is world-renowned for his rhetorical abilities, and his uplifting message brings hope of a brighter tomorrow to both Americans and the international community. The President promised sweeping change, including a return to fiscal responsibility and a massive plan to stimulate economic growth. Obama restated his commitment to peace but warned that America would defeat all who embrace terror. The challenges faced by Americans are new, but the President assured the country that a return to the old values of “hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism” would be the driving force of progress in our nation. Over the next few days, President Obama is expected to enact numerous controversial executive orders that will undoubtedly reshape the current American political landscape. Change is inevitable. The results that these changes will yield are uncertain. Time will tell if President Obama possesses adequate experience for the office of President. For now, Americans cannot help but remain optimistic. Obama’s words have given Americans hope.