By Katie O’Donnell – January 21, 2013
It’s all about the Constitution.
Today, President Barack Obama faced almost one million supporters on the National Mall, and millions more at home, to deliver his second inaugural speech.
His theme was the endurance of the Constitution and the revitalization of America.
“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,” said President Obama. “We are made for this moment. Seize it together.”
The grey hue of the President’s hair summarized his first term: four years of turmoil and debt, Benghazi, and birthers. Nonetheless, his tone was clear especially when he warned that one generation will not have to suffer for another. He went on to promise that the government will work on reforming programs like the tax code and schools.
Forty years ago, it was on the opposite side of the National Mall that a different African-American man gave a speech about America’s dreams. His name was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The President called on Dr. King’s most famous line where his “children will not be judged by the color of their skin.” During his inaugural address, Mr. Obama reminded the millions watching that it’s not race, or faith or ethnicity that binds Americans together, but our dedication to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”
The President has faced a lot of uncertainty, and protest to his re-election. His parting words to the crowd were delivered as if to settle the dust and remind the country about what’s important.
“With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom,” said the President.