Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Excerpts of Obama's Inaugural Speech

Quotes (there might be small transcription mistakes. Apologies.)

-- ''Our economy is badly weakened as a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.´´

-- ''Homes have been lost, jobs shed, businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many.´´

-- His remarks on the markets were clear of what should be expected from him: ''The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works.´´ Obama said the market’s “power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control.´´

-- The solution to America's problems ''will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: they will be met.´´ He drew a lasting ovation from the crowd.

-- ''What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground shifted beneath them, that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.´´

-- The solution to the crisis depends on ''ultimately the faith and determination of the American people, upon which this nation relies.´´

-- International relations, and this is a message targeted at Muslims, ''will be based on mutual interest and mutual respect.´´ And he sends a message to terrorist nations and individuals:''We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken.´´ He added that ''we will defeat you.´´

-- ''What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility, a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world.´´

Summarising, Obama is demanding from Americans leadership and responsibility, and promised to make the state work for the citizen. Realistic but spirited words of a leader who is charged with helping pull the economy out of its deepest crisis in decades, restore the standing of the U.S. in the world and mend relations with emerging and poor nations.


  1. Thanks for these snipets!!! I heard it with a brazilian translator speaking at the same time, so great to read the real thing! THanks! Gothma.

  2. Thanks Gothma -- that what we are here for. The speech was quite spirited, wasn't it? Did you like it?

    Best wishes, and thanks again for reading us.