Transcript for President Obama's 2013 Inaugural Address
Thank you so much. Vice President Biden. Mister justice. Members of United States congress. Distinguished guests. And fellow citizens. Each time we gather to inaugurate a prize. We bear witness. To the enduring strength of our constitution. Reaffirmed the promise of our democracy. We were called the what binds this nation together is not the color of the bars again. Or the tenants of our faith. The origins. Of our names. What makes this exceptional. What makes us America. Is our allegiance to an idea articulated in the declaration. Made more than two centuries ago. We hold these truths to be self out. All men are created it. Okay. That they are endowed. By their creator. With certain unalienable rights. Among base our life. Liberty. And the pursuit of happiness. Today we continue a never ending journey. To bridge the meaning of those words. The realities of our time. For history tells us. That while these truths maybe self evident. They've never been felt act secured. While freedom is a gift from god. It must be secured by his people here on earth. The patriots a 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. And by and for the people. In trusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed. For more. The 200 years we had. Your blood drawn by eyelash 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 a note. 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 it a great nation must care for the vulnerable. And protect its people from life's worst hazards and its porch. All. We had never relinquished our skepticism of central authority. Nor are we succumb to the action that all of society's ills can be cured through government. Let alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise. Our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility. These are Constance in our character. We have always understood that when times change. So must we. The fidelity to our founding principles requires no responses to new challenges. The preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires a collective action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today's world by acting alone and American soldiers. Could've met the forces of fascism or communism. Would mosque it's a malicious. No single person can train all the math and science teachers won't need to quit our children for the future. Or build the road to networks and research labs and bring new jobs and businesses to marshall's. 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. The decade of war is now and it. An economic recovery. I've begun. America's possibilities are limitless or weakness that's all the qualities that this world without boundaries demand. It's. You and rock. Diversity. And open its. And let's capacity for risk. And a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans we are made for this moment and we will see that so long as we see that the governor. Four weeks. The people. Understand that our country cannot succeed won a shrinking fuel. Do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America's prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of rising middle class. We know America thrived every person in behind independence and pride in the work. The wages Nevada's labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true are Fareed what little girl born in the bleakest poverty note that he had the same chance to anybody else because you have an American. She is Marie and she equaled not jobs. In the the god but also in our home. Understand about warm 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 citizens with the skills they need to work harder learned more reach higher. But while the means will change. Our purpose indoors. The nation the reward effort and determination up every single American. That is what this moment requires that is what will give real meaning to our creek. When he. The people. Still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we would shut. The belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country. And and nothing in the generation will build its future. We remember the lessons of our past. When twilight years were spent in poverty. And parents of the child with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country freedom is reserved for the locking. Or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives. And it wants. Any time. The base a job loss or sudden elements. Are homes swept away at a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each up. Through Medicare and Medicaid and Social Security these things do not fat aren't mission of the strength and us. They do not make us a nation of takers they yachts to take the risks. The make this country grape. The people. Still believe that our obligations as Americans. Are not just to ourselves but all posterity. We will respond of the threat of climate change. Knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children. And future generations. Some still deny the overwhelming judgment of science. But not gonna board the devastating impact of raging fires. Crippling drought. More powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. America cannot resist this transition. We must lead right. We cannot cede it to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries we must claimed its promise. That's how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasury. The fourth and waterways. Are crop lands and snow capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet. Commanded to our care by gun. That's what will lend meaning to the creed. Our fathers once declared. We. The people. Still believe that indoor and secure and lasting peace not require perpetual war. Our brave men. And women in uniform. Tempered by the flames of battle are un matched in skill and courage. Our citizens. Sierra by the memory of those we lost know too well the prices paper 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 turns sworn enemies in the insurers to friends and we must carry all those lessons into this time as well. We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and the rule of. I. We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully not because we aren't naive about the dangers we thanks. But because engagement in quarterly let suspicion and fear. America will remain the anchor of strong alliances and every corner of the globe. We already knew those institutions could extend our capacity to manage crisis brought. Pernod would have greater stake in a peaceful world and its most powerful make. Support democracy in Asia Africa. From the Americas to the Middle East because our interest and our conscience compel us to act on behalf. Of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope the deplore the sick. Marginalize. The victims of prejudice. Not out of mere charity but because p.s at the time required constant advance of both principles that are common creed describes. Tolerance and opportunity. Human dignity. And justice. We. The people. Declared today that the most evident from the all adults are created eight. Respond to guide the stale. Just the guided our forebears to Senecal. All and Belmont and Stonewall. Just of that guided all those men and women some an ensemble left footprints along this great mall to hear it preachers say it. That we cannot walk alone. The American and proclaim the individual freedom is inextricably bound for the freedom of every so longer. It is now our generation's test to carry on. What those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our lives our mothers and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our dead Brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law. It truly credited wolf 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 exercised the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving. Hopeful immigrants whose healthy America and the land of opportunity. Until bright young students and engineers are lifted and our workforce rather than expelled from. Remarked on the our journey is not complete. Until haul our children. From the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to quiet lanes of Newtown. Know that they are careful. In cherished. I always safe from harm. That. Is our generation's task. To make these words. Writes these values. Of life and liberty and the pursuit up happiness. Real war every American. True or founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life. Does not mean we all defined liberty and exactly the same way. A follow the same precise path to happens. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries long debates about the role of government for all time. But it does require earth to act in our time. For now decisions are upon us. And we cannot afford to let. We cannot mistake absolutism for principal. A substitute spectacle for politics. Retreat name calling as reasoned debate. We must act. We must act knowing. That our work will be I'm perfect. We must act knowing that today's victories. Would be only partial. And there will be up to those who stand here and for years and forty years and 400 years hence. To advance the timeless spirit wants convert us. And it's spare Philadelphia hall. My fellow Americans. All I have sworn before you today. Like one recited by. Others who serve in this capital. Was 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 are spoke today are not so different from opened its take and each time soldiers signed up. Or an immigrant realizes her drink. Old is not so different from the pledge we all make. The flag that waves above and the build their hearts with pride. In other words of fifth. And they were present our greatest hope. You when I asked citizens have. The power to set this conference corps. You were not. As citizens. Have the obligation to shape the debates of our time not only when the boat we can't win the voices we left in the tenth. Our most ancient values and enduring ideals. Let us each of us now embrace. With solemn don't. And often draw. What is our lasting birth right. With common app. And common purpose. With passion and dedication. Let us answer the call of history the Kerry into an uncertain future that Russia's light of freedom. Thank you god bless you. And may he forever bless these United States of America. Okay.
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