The eyes of the world tuned in to watch as Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president this morning just after 12 p.m. EST. Following his oath of office, Obama delivered a touching but frank address that highlighted the challenges the nation faces — particularly the economy — and America's pledge to work with other nations.
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 healthcare'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. And all this we will do.
If you missed the address or want a closer read, you can see a full transcript of the speech here. What did you think of Obama's speech?
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