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Tell Us: Obama's Inauguration Speech?

Second inaugural address emphasized unity and equality Monday.

Keeping in step with the occasion, President Barack Obama's inaugural speech on Monday emphasized unity and equality in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Some of the major topics addressed were gender equality, gay marriage, guns, immigration, and the economy. Though the President emphasized individual freedoms, he noted that their preservation ultimately requires collective action.

See a video of the full speech on Huffington Post here. Former County Legislator Jon Cooper attended the inauguration and provided Patch with photos. See them here.

What did you think of Obama's inaugural speech What were the highlights? What did you agree or disagree with? Tell us in the comment section below.

George Sidoti January 23, 2013 at 02:08 AM
Written by Julia Ward Howe, a staunch anti-slavery advocate, wrote in 1861 "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" was presented at President Obama's inauguration. The theme song of the Northern military during the Civil War... Nice touch, Barack!
Allie's Grandpa January 23, 2013 at 03:31 AM
I don't know that this is in your mind, George, but you have written with what might appear to be a touch of paranoia. Here is some useful information about use, in the United States, of The Battle Hymn of the Republic: "In the years since the Civil War, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" has been used frequently as an American patriotic song. This song is usually heard at the national conventions of both the Republican Party and Democratic Party, and is often sung at Presidential inaugurations, including that of President Barack H. Obama whose formal ceremony occurred on January 21, 2013. The song was notably played on September 14, 2001 at the Washington National Cathedral and at Saint Paul's Cathedral during memorial services for the victims of the September 11 attacks. This was one of Sir Winston Churchill's favorite songs. At his request this song was played at his funeral in St. Paul's Cathedral in 1965. The Marine Corps Band performed it when Pope Benedict XVI was greeted on the South Lawn of the White House by President George W. Bush on April 16, 2008." The source of this is Wikipedia, not the Gospel of Mark, but Wikipedia is generally somewhat on target. The fact that there is already an entry for yesterday suggests that Wikipedia gets many edits. In my fairly-long life, I can recall this song being sung or played at many public events, and not on the basis of its original creation, but on the basis of its content and traditions.
John January 23, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Did we the tax payer pay for the new wig?
John January 23, 2013 at 03:41 PM
I wounder how the folks still without heat,power or even a roof over their heads felt seeing all the money spent on this B S Show
Mulligan January 23, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Vapid, uninspired, irresponsible, out of touch with reality......pandering, boring, meandering, irrelavant....are we sure he wasn't lip-syncing some equally vapid, uninspired, irresponsible, pandering, boring, meandering, irrelavant speach from the past 4 years? Check with Beyonce

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