ANALYSIS: Obama Makes History — Again

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  • For those few African Americans who claim they don’t feel the same sense of euphoria, think again: Monday’s inauguration of President Barack Obama was still all about making history.

    I’ve overheard some black residents of Washington, D.C. talking about how Obama’s inauguration was no longer important, or somehow insignificant, because we’ve been there, done that in 2009.

    That’s nonsense.

    Obama’s remarkable road to the White House as America’s first black president continued Monday with four more years in the Oval Office, which forever sealed an extraordinary legacy. It was not only a moment that filled millions of hearts with pride – it also filled hearts with hope.

    “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,” Obama said during his 15-minute inaugural address.

    “Starting today,” the president said, “we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”

    Obama began a second term in the White House Monday after reciting the oath of office before an estimated 600,000 people — many of them African Americans — who traveled hundreds of miles to witness a poignant moment in American history.

    Thousands of flag-waving Americans watched history unfold as Obama started the first day of his second term.

    “Our journey is not complete,” Obama said.

    No, it isn’t.

    In the weeks ahead, Obama will likely hear from some of his black constituents – and his black critics — who want to see the president openly embrace his blackness and aggressively address issues of concern for African Americans.

    Monday’s swearing-in ceremony, however, was the president’s understated way of showing the skeptics that he embraces the legacy of the civil rights movement and the black experience in America.

    The president not only invoked the civil rights struggle in his speech on Monday, but he incorporated race into his inauguration by using two Bibles while taking the oath of office: One Bible owned by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and the other used by Abraham Lincoln. King carried his Bible during the civil rights movement and Lincoln used his Bible during his first inauguration in 1861.

    The president’s inauguration coincided with the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington led by King, the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, where more than three million black people were freed from slavery. Monday was also the official federal holiday to honor King’s life and his contributions to America. King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago at the Lincoln Memorial.

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    1. Pingback: ANALYSIS: Obama Makes History — Again | My Black Networks® -The Latest News from The African Diaspora

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    3. @Serpentine…
      Antiquated thinking is burying a nation in debt it cannot repay. Did you know, if EVERY vehicle in the United States was confiscated and sold… it would only pay for 7 months of deficit spending. When Bush started we had 4 Trillion in debt …. at the end of Obamas second term we are looking at 23 Trillion in debt. Bush jacked our debt up 5 Trillion, Obama is going to jack it up 14 Trillion. EVERY nation in the history of the world has FAILED with those debt loads. EVERY NATION… we will be aadded to that list and the blame will go on BUSH/OBAMA

    4. STFU! You both have the option of leaving if you don’t like it. There are flights leaving out of the USA everyday! Always whining, bitching and complaining. President Obama doesn’t promote homosexuality, he just doesn’t discriminate because of it. C. Cruz, your relatives originated from Mexico if I’m not mistaken…remember…the door swings both ways. For the sake of your future and the future of your children and grandchildren, you should leave and head south, waaaaay south.
      You both are the minority in your antiquated way of thinking.

    5. Historians will look back and say how 16 years of Bush/Obama destroyed a nation fiscally and morally. Good times are not coming back for you, for your children and grandchildren if our Nations path is not changed.

    6. Pingback: Civil Rights and President Obama: the Second Inaugural Address « FortLeft

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