By Jason Sattler

WATCH: In His Second Inaugural, Obama Links Current Struggles To Our ‘Founding Creed’

January 21, 2013 2:31 pm Category: Memo Pad, Politics 58 Comments A+ / A-


In his second inaugural address, President Obama presented a “limitless” America tested by crises and constantly made anew by a “never-ending journey” to live up to “our founding creed” that “all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights.”

Presenting a far more optimistic tone than his first address in January of 2009, as the nation was losing nearly a million jobs a month, Obama made history by being the first president to use his inaugural speech to connect the struggles of gay Americans to those of women and African-Americans.

“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,” he said — linking the women’s rights convention in Seneca Falls in 1848, the spontaneous demonstration of gay men against the police in 1969 and the march for African-American rights from Selma in 1965 — “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.”

The president also thrilled progressives by saying two words few expected to hear: Climate change.

“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations,” he said.

The biggest applause from the estimated 800,000 gathered to hear the president speak when he said, “A decade of war is now ending.”

The president at times seemed to be consciously addressing criticisms made of him over the last four years. He rejected the notion that government alone can solve all problems. But he also asserted that acting together through the government is how freedom is preserved.

“But 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,” he said.

He directly took on Republican attacks on the social safety net and the claim by some that they create a nation dependent on the government. “The commitments we make to each other — through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security — these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us,” he said, almost sounding as if he were giving a rebuttal to Mitt Romney’s 47 percent speech. “They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.”

The president also took on progressive critics who have been frustrated by the pace of change and their assessment that he has been took quick to compromise.

“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,” he said, again linking the struggles of today with the promise of the founders.

On the next page you can read the transcript of the president’s inaugural address as presented by the White House:

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  • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

    Thank GOD For Such A Wonderful Day To See Barack H. Obama Take The Oath For The Second Time On Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/dominick.vila.1 Dominick Vila

      You are right, having President Obama’s second inauguration on Martin Luther King’s Day provided added significance to this memorable day.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Stoll/100000621443352 Michael Stoll

      Only the Lord Messiah DICK tater BaROKE Obama would dare try to upstage Dr King on his day and if he were a White Republican you guys would be having a Rachel Madcow. By the way you do know Dr King was a Conservative Republican ….right Fern ? I bet you hate that and you probably resent Dr King now right ?

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        Guess You Back From Giving Rush Limpdick His Blow Job Today Good For You Aren’t You Proud You Earn Your Keep For Today!! LOL Now Don’t Forget The Koch Brothers Their Waiting With Their Butts In The Upward Position Just Wait For Your Lips!! PUCKER UP BITCH!!!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Stoll/100000621443352 Michael Stoll

          Dirty dirty birdy dirdy Fernie Fernie ….Truth hurts huh ? I bet you hate Dr King now right ? Did you look it up and are shocked that DEMS lied to you ? Haha …peel your lips off your slave master Soros limp D Ok .. You do Obama but he would rather do Reggie Love or Larry Sinclair

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            LOL Truth You Don’t Know The Truth Even If It Bit You In The Ass Like Rush Limpballs Did To You In You Guys Foreplay!! LOL Lying Bitch!!

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Stoll/100000621443352 Michael Stoll

            Wow so you are like one of fourteen people who work for a living and support Obama ? Im impressed …I can only imagine what your husband is like …Whats her name ?

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            WHY Do You Think We Are Some Kind Of Chatting Buddies Michael GO FUCK YOURSELF!!

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            I Should Have Took You Up On Your Offer You Begging To Bike Ride With Me Then You Would Have Meet Henry Cause He Would Have Beaten Your Ass Half To Death Then After You Came Out The hospital You Could Have Asked Him His Name!! Now Go Fuck Your Self And Get Ready For Your Blow Job Shift!!

      • faxt42

        Go jump the bridge with your head down, you cannot accept the black president who is working to get the country to the better, not to go deep under water ,and not to be hated by all other countries becasue of your bloody war monger previous GOP president and the many blood sucker GOP who made money on our troops oversea , and when our troop came back, your many bloody GOP refuse to pass the budget to help out these men/women in uniform. …..you support the GOP war monger and the left over GOPs, may be you are related to those who made fortune on our troops and bad policies that is why you are in denial of the economics down because of your greeds and selfishness…I am done here, not want to read your note and the many done wrong moron.
        Fern.and many others here..keep your energy to support the President, in action of his agenda.

    • onedonewong

      It looked a gatherig of the Hood hardly a diverse crowd

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        Your Cave Dwelling Mother Bitch !! You And Micky Mike Can Have A Great Time Giving Each Other Blow Jobs It Will Keep You Bitch In Great Shape for The Big Blow Jobs !!

        • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Stoll/100000621443352 Michael Stoll

          I thought Liberals were a tolerant group who liked Gay people …Oh I guess that is only when and if Obama needs to lie to them for their votes …By the way Obama didnt win a single State that requires voter Id but Im sure Fern finds nothing strange about that ..

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            You’re Not Gay You’re On The Down Low There ‘s A Big Different!! You Do It To Earn A Living!!

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            It Will Be Years Before Your Racist Party Of Thugs Get Back In The White House Cause All You Racist Assholes Do Is Lie!! Your Racism Shows Every Time You Open Your Ugly Ass Mouth!!

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/QXUFSMTKTK3UCL3ZFPJPONXAVM mac macey

            Voter ID is a scam.

        • onedonewong

          The only ones that have shown they love to give them is Barak, remember his room mate said he was bisexual. Why is it that every colored guy swings both ways?? Even King was into guys and anal sex

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            Just Shut Your Dumb Ass Up I Don’t Give A Damn What Your Dumb Ass Think Get It!!

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/QXUFSMTKTK3UCL3ZFPJPONXAVM mac macey

        The president was there. What more do you want.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Deadpool1332 William Russell

        Congratulations, you’ve won the idiotic bigot of the day prize. You can’t judge ‘diversity’ based on what the directors of C-SPAN or whoever it was that covered this decided to put on the air. And why does it matter anyway? It’s the 21st century, get over race issues already. Video photographers film whats going on, as it happens. From these dozens, or perhaps scores of separate live video camera feeds, the technical directors pick which single camera will be going live to air, and they pick when to switch to a different camera. The best shot at any given moment is what we see. I’d go into the finer points of live video production, but the intricacies of how to make a great production with no rehearsals, cuts or retakes would be lost on you. In fact I’m betting I confused you at Congratulations.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000644753352 Harriett Heath

          Loved what you said … I understood you from “congratulations” and I like the way you think.

          • onedonewong

            another demented low IQ freeloader

        • onedonewong

          The only bigot in this country is occupying the WH. His every decision is race based so it would be nice if race didn’t matter anymore but Barak is the one that continues to make it an issue. As for the State Run Media coverage it was obscene in their adulation they acted like school kids

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      DO YOU ALL SEE THE POTUS AND THE FLOTUS DANCE ON THE SONG LET’S STAY TOGETHER!!!!!!!!!!!! PRICELESS!!! :-) <3

      • onedonewong

        It looked like the jigaboo

    • tobewan

      Fern: It’s good to see your good thoughts about Pres. Obama.
      I hate to see the adversaries ‘push your button.’
      It’s good to see how fast you respond.
      I hate to see those god-awful words you use.
      But hate more the despicable rebelliious words of the adversaries.

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        Like I Said I’m Very Sorry About Me Going H.A.M. But I’m Going To Do What Ever It Takes To Get These Racist Low Life Trolls From Pushing My Reply Button What Ever It Takes!! Period>> When You See Me Going H.A.M. Ripping Them A New One Don’t Read It That Will Solve That!!!

        • tobewan

          Thanks, FERN. Its evident those jerks read your posting, because they respond. After one time I skip over their spewings. They think they are right but you get’em on the run, so they can’t even think straight, but we knew that anyway. Have a good day.
          Borrowing from WWII, this came to mind during the President’s speech: Damn the Repub’s torpedo’s, and FULL SPEED ahead!

        • onedonewong

          Guess you missed Michelle at a luncheon with the food coming out of her mouth, typical low class getto hoe

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000318728108 Susan Clodfelter

    The repugs and teaboogers need to get out of the way so America can get on with what needs to be done, and get some help for their “deficit panic disorder”.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Colleen-Klemp/100002683878543 Colleen Klemp

      RIGHT ON SISTER!

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      You Are So Right!! Did You Hear Our President Call Them Out On Their Crap!! Priceless!!! :-)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Stoll/100000621443352 Michael Stoll

        I didnt hear that

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          Of Course You Didn’t Hear It, Your Head Was Down Between Rush Big Ham Hock Legs!!! We Know A Punk Like You Has To Earn His Keep!!!

      • onedonewong

        all he said was more taxes and more spending same ol same ol for this 1 track amateur

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          Why Don’t You Shut Your Dumb Ass Up Bitch!! Stop Lying

          • onedonewong

            Guess you didn’t listen HUH… must you must have had your ears filled with his bull shit

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            SCREW MICHAEL AND CALL IT A NIGHT!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Stoll/100000621443352 Michael Stoll

      That’s funny ..You will ridicule others for pointing out Obama’s run away spending but when your kids are left with the debt your dumb ass will probably blame Bush Haha…Look I know Liberals only do Math on a Crayon level so let me see is I can slow this down to your level . BaROKE has increased the average share of the debt by over $50,000 per household ..got that …Your kid if he or she is under 6 owes over 76 K and they earned a buck . That is only from the last 4 yrs mind you …enjoy it YOU built that

      • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

        Your No Good Party Of Thug Made This Debt With The 2 Wars A Chaining All The Banks Businesses And Wall Street!! You Know It You Are Just Full Of Shit!!

    • onedonewong

      So true barak wants to add another $10 Trillion to the debt to match his 1st term. His goal for all the economies to be equal as we race Haiti to the bottom

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Stoll/100000621443352 Michael Stoll

    So Dick tater Obama referenced American History …tomorrow he will $h!t all over her most sacred tenets and the Constitution itself …Welcome to Communism Comrades …Forward off the cliff . You do realize he has increased the debt of every American Household by over $50,000 right ? that is more then all the other 43 Presidents before him did combined ….You all should’ve just moved to Cuba or Greece and left the US in one freaking peice

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      LOL You’re Such A POOR LOSER!! LOL Just Spit Out Those Sour Grapes And Suck It Up You Know Like You Suck On Rush Limpballs Nuts!!! Get Over It Or MOVE!!! We Will Not Miss Your Sorry Ass Bye Bye!!!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Stoll/100000621443352 Michael Stoll

        See Fern its not so hard to insult people who YOU disagree with ..You are such a tolerant open minded lot aren’t you ? Girl you cant even form sentences …I certanly wouldnt want you as my Nurse …How the Hell did you pass the MCAT …Lot of ghetto swearing and sexual references …you sure you aren’t a crack whore ?

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          GO FUCK YOURSELF OR YOUR LITTLE BITCH ASS ONE SUCKS DONG!! KISS MY GHETTO ASS BITCH!! STOP TALKING TO ME !!! YOUR BROKE ASS CAN’T AFFORD A NURSE!! BROKE ASS LYING KOCH BROTHERS ASS SUCKING BITCH!! Your MOTHER IS THE CRACK WHORE You And onesucksdong Are Oxy Tricks!! And Meth Heads!!!

        • neeceoooo

          So you think you are the open minded party in this republic, I don’t think so.

          Are you open minded enough to accept a black man for president?
          Are you open minded enough to listen to his policies without judging?
          Are you willing to take that hate you have in your heart for your fellow American and change it?

          When you can answer honestly to any of these, then we can discuss issues but until then, don’t talk to us.

          This goes for both you and onedonewong, you are both bigoted morons.

      • neeceoooo

        You are right on Fern.

        • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

          Who You Talking About ?? Me A Bigot After Signing Up Over 200 People Getting Them Ready To Vote For Our POTUS Barack H. Obama And Standing In Line For Hours Just So I Can Vote For Him!! NOT ME!!! LOL You Must be Talking About Micky Mike Trolling Ass KKK Racist Ass!!

          • neeceoooo

            Actually, Fern, that message was supposed to go to Micheal Stoll, the troll. Sorry, I am behind you 100%

          • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

            I Know You See I LOL I Knew You Were Talking About These Two Assholes LOL Sour Losers!!! LOL

    • http://www.facebook.com/fern.woodfork Fern Woodfork

      I Love It Here In America With A Black President Who Cares For All The American People Your Racist Ass The One Who Needs To MOVE You Are The One Complaining LOL Broke Ass Troll!! I Love It When I Wake Up And Barack H. Obama Is The POTUS!!!!! Better Double Up On Your Blow Jobs So You Can Move BITCH!! Bye Bye!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003338428599 Lena Thompson

    This only proves that God is still in control. I’m so glad, fortunate and proud to witness such a wonderful historical event. May God bless you and your family Mr. President.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Michael-Stoll/100000621443352 Michael Stoll

      Dont you mean Allah …Domnt insult the prophet Obama infidel

  • onedonewong

    Wonder if he knows that our founder’s creed wasn’t socialism probably not he’s not the sharpest tack in the box

  • seethroughurlies

    I so would have loved to have been there! Such an exceptional man and leader. Someone like him comes around few and far between. I did watch every bit of it on my PC, and listened to the Presidents inspiring speech about 4 times…lol LOVE HIM!!

  • tobewan

    THANK YOU, The National Memo, for producing for us a copy of our President’s 2013 inaugural address.
    Inspiring and yet challenging, strengthing and yet humbling, drawing on the depths of our history and heights of the ideals of men of courageous minds and hearts.
    One could but hope that G ridlocking O bstructionist P eople’ s hearts could melt and be swayed from their self-destucting, nation destructing persuasions.
    Obama enters the next four years with his eyes wide-open, yet with resolute will and hope and determination – NOT for himself, but for us – will we help him to help us? He can’t do it as just one man – he said so. The past four and the past two years has OPENED the eyes of the majority of American citizens and got our votes – he needs us now more than before.
    Whereas in times past, unions led the way, now it is up to each one to champion the cause of freedom – life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness – collectively – to overcome the collective giants of industry and corporations who steadily, stealthily seek to enslave us.
    Keep in mind those legendary words of the King: “WE shall overcome.” WE, We the people!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X2KKGDYW2F5T5XUT6233KBNWSI robert

    Today is the second day of President Obama’s second term. It’s a continuation of healing and progress. FORWARD AMERICA!

  • bchrista

    Hey Fern, you are letting those two scum sucking assholes pull your leg and agravate you, when they start talking sensible like therest of the people on this posting medium then and only then should you and all the others who post here should answer their post. Right now they are enjoying rattling everybodys chain and proving that they have got you where they wont you, they know the truth but it’s more fun agravating you. The best weapon against people like them is to ignore them, keep on posting your remarks only exclude them out of the Circle, if you post an answer make sure your answering someone that you know is making factual remarks that can be proven anything ignore, eventually when no one replies to their bullshit they will realize that we don’t care for their crap and wn’t play their game anymore. They can play with each other or with themselves. Their constant reckless lying bullshit can’t play in this court anymore. CHECK MATE GAME OVER!!!!!!!!!!!

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