Obama: 'We Are Ready to Lead'

Aide calls it 'sober dose of hope'

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 20, 2009 11:40 AM CST

(Newser) – Barack Obama wowed crowds in Washington today with a moving inaugural address calling the US to a new sense of shared responsibility and service, CNN reports. “We must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America,” Obama said. “Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real … they will not be met easily. But know this, America, they will be met.”

The speech mixed sober realism with hope and inspiration. Obama called for a return to America’s most basic values, and a recognition of its citizens’ duties. “This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed—why men and women and children of every race and faith can join in celebration,” he said, “and why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.”

Das Stoked of Providence, RI, waves a flag with the image of President-elect Barack Obama on the National Mall looking towards the US Capitol today.   (AP Photo)
Bundled people pack the National Mall in Washington for the Inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President-elect Barack Obama speaks during "We Are One: Opening Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial" in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 18, 2009.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
President Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address at the US Capitol today.   (AP Photo)
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Video from the inauguration.   (msnbc)

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Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end. - Barack Obama

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; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you. - Barack Obama

We cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve, and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace. - Barack Obama

Our challenges may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. - Barack Obama

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