A poignant moment in history today when during public ceremony President Obama was sworn in, for his second term, as President of the United States of America. Only 17 presidents in history have had this opportunity and only five Democratic presidents have been elected to two terms, namely Cleveland , Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt , Clinton and Obama.
Today Obama’s speech tied current issues to the founding principles of the USA–making him the first president in, contemporary times, to acknowledge the gay rights movement in an inaugural address.
“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,” Obama said, mentioning landmarks of the women’s, black and gay rights movements.
“It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began,” he continued, prompting the loudest applause and cheers of his address when he said “our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts.”
More cheers came when Obama called for “our gay brothers and sisters” to be 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.”
Many more moments from this day will go down as important in the great history of this country and some may happen again…but for one man this moment in history will never happen again: President Obama.
In a very humble way as he left the Capitol today President Obama acknowledged the heft of the moment with a few simple words: “I’m not going to see this again,” Obama said before leaving the inauguration platform, which overlooked the Mall and he paused to take it all in.
Congratulations Mr. President and Godspeed.