President Barack Obama in His Own Words (2009), USA społeczeństwo, historia, polityka

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OBAMA
Complete Text of the
Inaugural Address, January 20, 2009
Extended Excerpts from
Election Night Remarks, November 4, 2008
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Remarks in Berlin, Germany, July 24, 2008
A New Strategy for a New World
July 15, 2008
The America We Love, June 30, 2008
A More Perfect Union, March 18, 2008
Announcement for President
February 10, 2007
Keynote Address at the 2004 Democratic
National Convention, July 27, 2004
Remarks Against Going to War with Iraq
October 2, 2002
United States Department of State / Bureau of International Information Programs
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President Barack
In His Own
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In His Own
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hen Barack Obama in February, 2007 announced
Complete Text
The Remaking of America
The Inaugural Address, January 20, 2009
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Extended Excerpts
his candidacy for the U.S. presidency, he cited
the 16th president. Abraham Lincoln, Obama
said, “tells us there is power in words.” During the two years
that followed, Obama proved the truth of Lincoln’s vision.
As he addressed crowds gathered at sites from Lincoln’s
own Springfield, Illinois, to Berlin, Germany, the young
Senator was compared to Ronald Reagan, John F. Kennedy,
and other great Americans whose words earned them the
respect, affection, and loyalty of their countrymen.
Change Has Come To America
Election Night Remarks, November 4, 2008
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A World That Stands As One
Remarks in Berlin, Germany, July 24, 2008
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A New Strategy for a New World
Rebuilding Our Alliances, July 15, 2008
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The America We Love
Independence, Missouri, June 30, 2008
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A More Perfect Union
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, March 18, 2008
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These pages share President Obama’s words with our
global readership. This book includes the complete text of
the 44th President’s Inaugural Address. Also featured are
extended excerpts from eight other significant campaign
and pre-presidential speeches. It is our hope that while the
book itself is small, readers will discover that the vision
captured in its pages is large.
Announcement for President
Springield, Illinois, February 10, 2007
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The 2004 Democratic National Convention
July 27, 2004
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Remarks Against Going to War with Iraq
October 2, 2002
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President Barack
Remaking
of America
The Inaugural Address, complete text
Washington, DC, January 20, 2009
M
y fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the
task before us, grateful for the trust you’ve bestowed,
mindful of the sacriices borne by our ancestors. I
thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as
the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout
this transition.
At the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, President Barack Obama delivers his Inaugural
Address, January 20, 2009.
Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The
words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the
still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst
gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America
has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in
high ofice, but because We the People have remained faithful to
the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.
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So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.
enduring spirit, to choose our better history, to carry forward
that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation
to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are
free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of
happiness.
That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our
nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and
hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of
greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our col-
lective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for
a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shut-
tered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many;
and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use
energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.
In reafirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that
greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has
never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been
the path for the faint-hearted, for those who prefer leisure
over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.
Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of
things — some celebrated, but more often men and women
obscure in their labor — who have carried us up the long, rug-
ged path towards prosperity and freedom.
These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics.
Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of coni-
dence across our land — a nagging fear that America’s decline
is inevitable, and the next generation must lower its sights.
Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are
serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a
short span of time. But know this, America — they will be met.
For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and trav-
eled across oceans in search of a new life.
For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West, en-
dured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Get-
tysburg, Normandy and Khe Sanh.
On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over
fear, unity of purpose over conlict and discord. On this day,
we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false
promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for
far too long have strangled our politics. We remain a young
nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to
set aside childish things. The time has come to reafirm our
Time and again these men and women struggled and sacri-
iced and worked till their hands were raw so that we might
live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of
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our individual ambitions, greater than all the differences of
birth or wealth or faction.
This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most
prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no
less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are
no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed
than they were last week or last month or last year. Our
capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing
pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleas-
ant decisions, that time has surely passed. Starting today, we
must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again
the work of remaking America.
For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of
the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act
— not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation
for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric
grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us
together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield
technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower
its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to
fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our
schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of
a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.
Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions,
President Barack Obama makes a point during his Inaugural Address.
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