Obama sets vision for second term: ‘Let us answer the call of history’

Official White House photo
Official White House photo

Obama was inaugurated for his second term as U.S. President on Monday. “America’s possibilities are endless,” he said in his inaugural speech, reflecting his inauguration’s theme: “Faith in America’s Future.”

“We are made for this moment, and we will seize it—so long as we seize it together,” Obama said.

“You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course,” he said near his conclusion.

In my favorite line from his speech, which mixes Ronald Reagan and Martin Luther King Jr.—as Monday is MLK Day—he said: “While freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on earth.”

Obama concluded his address by saying:

“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.”

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