Obama's Inaugural Speech to Urge Responsibility

Government, banks, citizens must do their part to fix US
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jan 19, 2009 11:24 AM CST
A woman in the crowd smiles up at the screen as President-elect Barack Obama speaks during the "We Are One: Opening Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial" in Washington, Jan. 18, 2009.    (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama’s inaugural speech will highlight the need  for responsibility—among government, financial institutions, and the citizenry, the Washington Post reports as the incoming press secretary described what we can expect in tomorrow. “We need more responsibility and accountability, certainly, in the way our government acts,” Robert Gibbs said. And “obviously, the American people are going to have to give some.”

In his focus on personal responsibility, Obama’s speech will be reminiscent of JFK and even President Bush, who called for a “responsibility era.” Obama wrote the speech himself last weekend, Gibbs noted. Aides who have seen it say it will meet or beat high expectations for a president-elect known for his rhetorical skill.