Point of View
The Presidential Inauguration
By Trevor Roberts
Jan 21, 2013 - 9:48:17 AM
UNITED STATES—Monday, January 21, 2013 was a historic day. Not only was it the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who fought tirelessly for civil rights for all Americans, but it also marked the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. Yes, that correct, the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. I recall the year 2008 vividly when it was revealed that Barack Obama had become the first African-American President of the
United States. It was a momentous moment that had an influential impact on all Americans whether you loved the President or disliked him.
When he was inaugurated back in 2009, I missed that historic moment and it bugged me so. I was one of the unfortunate ones who suffered the fate of having to be summoned to jury duty. I just recall that entire day missing the festivities that brought more than 2 million people to the nation’s capital to see President Obama sworn in. All the smiling faces, the jubilation, the excitement, the celebrities, the politicians, the reporters, the everyday citizens: I missed all those moments. I swore if it were to happen again, I would not miss it, and I didn’t.
Would it have been great to be in D.C. to watch history take place, of course, but having a television made things just as suitable as I watched the First Lady, her daughters, vice president Joe Biden and his wife, and ultimately President Obama take the stage to be sworn in. A moment unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my life. It was a treat to see former President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary Clinton, and to hear the crowd chanting “Obama, Obama!”
Myrlie-Evers Williams lead the invocation during the event, which received an astounding applause from the crowd. I wasn’t aware that the Vice President was also sworn into office so it was quite captivating to watch that take place. James Taylor had the opportunity to serenade the crowd with his rendition of “
America the Beautiful,” just before President Obama was sworn into office by Chief Justice John Roberts. Mr. Obama did have a brief stumble while reciting his oath, but pushed through.
Beyonce rehearsing for the Presidential Inauguration. Photo courtesy of Facebook.
As 44th President Barack Obama took the stage as he addressed the crowd by stating “Each time we gather to inaugurate a president we bare witness to the enduring strength of our constitution”¦the origins of our name. What makes us exceptional, what makes us American”¦we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal”¦They are endowed by their creator with unalienable certain rights, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”¦We made ourselves a new and vowed to move forward together”¦A great nation must care for the vulnerable”¦A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has now begun”¦We know America thrives when every person can find independence and thrive in their work”¦We the people still believe every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity”¦For we remember the lessons of our past where twilight years were spent in poverty”¦We recognize no matter how responsibly we live our lives any of us can face a job loss”¦We the people still believe in our obligations as American’s not to ourselves, but to the nation”¦We the people still believe enduring security and enlisting peace does not require perpetual war”¦ Our citizens seared by the memory of those we lost, know too well the price of paying for liberty”¦America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every part of the globe”¦We the people declare today that the most evident of truths are all created equally”¦It is now our generations task to carry on what those pioneers began...Our journey is not complete until all of our children know they are cared for and cherished...That is our generations tasks to make these words, these tasks, these values real for every American”¦For now decisions are upon us and we cannot afford to delay”¦We must act knowing that today’s victory will only be partial”¦My fellow America’s the oath I have sworn to you today was an oath to God”¦The words that I spoke today is not that different each time a solider signs up for duty”¦Let us answer the call of history”¦Thank you, God bless you and shall he ever bless the states of America.”
Kelly Clarkson took the stage to perform “My Country Tis of Thee” where she showcased the powerhouse vocals that has made her a superstar. It was absolutely phenomenal, that woman can sing! Beyonce sang the national anthem (Star Spangled Banner) showcasing her powerhouse pipes as well, but recent reports have indicated that the pop star was actually lip synching to a pre-recorded tract. After that song, the President dispersed as did many others in the venue; a ceremony that lasted a bit over 2 hours, yet time was an element that did not matter. Later in the day there was the parade and of course the inaugural balls which saw the President and First Lady dance to "Let's Stay Together," sang by "American Idol" alum and Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson. Indeed a day to remember.
When history is being made, we endure the hard fight regardless of how long it may take. Patience is virtue, but more importantly the nation is bonding collectively as one. We are all created equal, its time for us to acknowledge that saying and fight to ensure that all Americans have the same rights that everyone else has as well. It’s a fight that may be long and arduous, but a fight that must be worth the battle.
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