Today, Barack Obama was sworn in as our 44th president. Crowds estimated at over one million people filled the National Mall and lined the streets of Washington, D.C., while countless more tuned into broadcasts across the country and around the world to witness this historic event.
In his Inaugural Address, President Obama spoke of the challenges we face both at home and abroad, but that America, as it has in the past, has the capacity and resolve to meet them. He told the nation:
“What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize grandly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task. This is the price and promise of citizenship."