President Barack Obama delivered a powerful speech after being sworn in on Bibles owned by President Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for his second term at the Capitol.
In a speech that was unlike any other made by an elected/re-elected President, he used this huge platform to bring up issues that are affecting our country right now. Issues like gay rights, immigration and gun control. He also spoke strongly about climate change and how we should become leaders of the future and invest in science. Overall, it was a great speech and left some comparing him to when Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President, having been elected during troubling times, then re-elected when the country began to recover and providing citizens with a sense of hope and promise in his speeches.
Many showed up to support the President at his inauguration including former President Clinton and President Jimmy Carter and “Master Of Ceremonies” NY Senator Chuck Schumer who also delivered a great opening speech on the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King Jr. and how symbolic it was for President Obama to be inaugurated in front of the Capitol on the building’s 150th Anniversary.
The music chosen for this historic event was right on the money as folk singer James Taylor sung “America, The Beautiful,” while playing his guitar, poet Richard Blanco read an emotional poem about the importance of immigration, The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir wowed the President and brought tears to his eyes singing “Battle Hymn of The Republic” and Kelly Clarkson did an incredible rendition of “My Country Tis Of Thee” just like Aretha Franklin who sung the song for the 2009 Inauguration.
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