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Hi, student this is the speech of President Barack Obama

when he was sworn in for his second term as 44th president of the United States

as 800,000 watches from the National Mall in Washington. You can study official

words and practice clear pronunciation and learn some knowledge about

international politics ^^ 

Important words:

oath, inauguration, tenets, allegiance, endowed, tyranny, privileges,

creed, vulnerable, hazards, relinquished, skepticism , initiative, insistence, thrives,

bleakes, revamp, dignity, overwhelming, vigilant , prejudice, tolerance, pledge,


Point of the article:

President Obama reminded the

Americans about their legacy and journey to freedom. He also explained how

Americans should respond to the never ending changes in the world. He believes

that being free is not only in the eyes of God but also in our own. Lastly, he

encouraged all Americans to do their part in perpetuating their hard earned

Repeat reading silently and aloud for more than 3 times and

you can understand without everything without the script

^^ Have nice day!

President Barack Obama takes the oath of

office during the 57th Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 21, 2013.

President Barack Obama is sworn in for

second term as 44th president of the United States as 800,000 watch from the

National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Thank you. Thank you so much.

Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice,

members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow


Each time we gather to inaugurate a

president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We

affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation

together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the

origins of our names. What makes us exceptional what makes us American is our

allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries


"We hold these truths to be

self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their

creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty,

and the pursuit of happiness."

Today we continue a never-ending journey,

to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For

history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never

been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured

by His people here on earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the

tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave

to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each

generation to keep safe our founding creed.

For more than 200 years, we have.

Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn

by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and

equality could survive half-slave and half-free. We made ourselves anew, and

vowed to move forward together.

Together, we determined that a modern

economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools

and colleges to train our workers.

Together, we discovered that a free market

only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.

Together, we resolved that a great nation

must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life's worst hazards

and misfortune.

Through it all, we have never relinquished

our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that

all society's ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebration of

initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal

responsibility, are constants in our character.

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. For the American people can no more meet the demands

of today's world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the

forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can

train all the math and science teachers we'll need to equip our children for

the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring

new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these

things together, as one nation, and one people.

This generation of Americans has been

tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade

of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America's possibilities

are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without

boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless

capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made

for this moment, and we will seize it so long as we seize it together.

For we, the people, understand that our

country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many

barely make it. We believe that America's prosperity must rest upon the broad

shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every

person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest

labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed

when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same

chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and

she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.

We understand that outworn programs are

inadequate to the needs of our time. We must harness new ideas and technology

to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower

our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, and reach

higher. But while the means will change, our purpose endures: a nation that

rewards the effort and determination of every single American. That is what

this moment requires. That is what will give real meaning to our creed.

We, the people, still believe that every

citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard

choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we

reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation

that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its

future. For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent

in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do

not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or

happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our

lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or

a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other

through Medicare, and Medicaid, and social security these things do not sap our

initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they

free us to take the risks that make this country great.

We, the people, still believe that our

obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We

will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so

would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the

overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of

raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards

sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America

cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations

the technology that will power new jobs and new industries we must claim its

promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national

treasure our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is

how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That's what will

lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.

We, the people, still believe that enduring

security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war. Our brave men and

women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, are unmatched in skill and

courage. Our citizens, seared by the memory of those we have lost, know too

well the price that is paid for liberty. The knowledge of their sacrifice will

keep us forever vigilant against those who would do us harm. But we are also

heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war, who turned sworn enemies

into the surest of friends, and we must carry those lessons into this time as


We will defend our people and uphold our

values through strength of arms and rule of law. We will show the courage to

try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully not because we

are naive about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably

lift suspicion and fear. America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in

every corner of the globe; and we will renew those institutions that extend our

capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful

world than its most powerful nation. We will support democracy from Asia to

Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our

conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. And we

must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims

of prejudice not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires

the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes:

tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.

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; 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.

It is now our generation's task to carry on

what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our

mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is

not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else

under the law for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit

to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no

citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey

is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful

immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young

students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from

our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the

streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown,

know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.

That is our generation's task to make these

words, these rights, these values of Life, and Liberty, and the pursuit of

happiness real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does

not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we will all

define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to

happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about

the role of government for all time but it does require us to act in our time.

For now decisions are upon us, and we

cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute

spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. 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 four hundred years hence to advance the

timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.

My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn

before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was

an oath to God and country, not party or faction and we must faithfully execute

that pledge during the duration of our service. But the words I spoke today are

not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for

duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream. My oath is not so different from the

pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with


They are the words of citizens, and they

represent our greatest hope.

You and I, as citizens, have the power to

set this country's course.

You and I, as citizens, have the obligation

to shape the debates of our time not only with the votes we cast, but with the

voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.

Let us each of now embrace, with solemn

duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. 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.

Thank you, God bless you, and may He

forever bless these United States of America.


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