What Did You Think of the President's Inaugural Speech?

Obama's supporters celebrated two men who have championed equality, as the Inauguration fell on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

President Barack Obama's second inauguration speech took on historic overtones as he presented it on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Washington D.C. on Monday. Many who visited the Capitol to see the 44th president sworn into office stopped by the King memorial to pay tribute on the way. Waves of emotion washed over the crowd at various times during Obama's Inaugural address.

Racial and gender equality were among the themes.

"While freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by his people here on Earth," Obama said, noting that "...We learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave & half-free...If we are truly created equal then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well... Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law...Our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts."

While the president set a goal of more economic opportunity and equity for the less wealthy—"We cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it"—he also encouraged individual responsibility in general—"..nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone."

Obama called for the United States to be a world leader in addressing climate change and developing renewable energy resources.

He adopted the Constitutional phrase, "We the People" to drive home some points: "We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war."

"A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America's possibilities are limitless," he said.

To see video of the Inauguration, click here to go to full NBC News coverage.

Let's use the president's speech to start a conversation about the work ahead of the United States as we go into 2013 and about how much has (or hasn't) been accomplished so far. Please tell us in the comments section below.

This article originated on Sonoma Valley Patch.

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King Jarvis IV January 21, 2013 at 09:55 PM
I did not watch the speech, but did watch most of the motorcade procession from the Capitol to the White House. I noticed that the decoy "Beast ", presidential limousine, preceded the one containing the president. Also, The " War Wagon " behind the hot Beast was outfitted with rear wheel skirts and platforms for out riders. I never noticed this before. Several of these out riders were poised on the vehicle, and with their weight, and the weight of the onboard munitions, the vehicle was level and still rode high. There was an obvious homage to diversity, as indicated by the Asians, Blacks, and women on the out walker agent detail, as well as a severely pigeon toed Secret Service agent. Go figure. It's good to be the president: The carefully choreographed ballet between the agent that holds the Beast's door open for the Commander in Chief and the agent who closes that same door is not afforded the vice president. Weird. Biden's guy opens the door, holds the door open, and closes the door. I find it hard to believe that this is because the Beast's doors are much, much heavier than those on the veep's limo. The Secret Service agent riding shotgun in the Beast is the communications point man, as he was the only one who transmitted via his sleeve mic just before the president and first lady reentered the vehicle. HRM
bucket January 21, 2013 at 10:57 PM
No didn't notice any of that King...too busy throwng up...Gag me... More lies, more promises, more trouble, blah,blah,blah.... Hope the next four years goes by fast...
Mikaela Andrews January 21, 2013 at 11:16 PM
I thought it was a bunch of lies as it was 4 years ago. It's pretty sad this is what we have for the next 4 years. He doesn't need a party tonight nothing has got better. He needs to take his ugly family and go hide in the White House . I change the channel anytime I see his mug on tv it makes me sick to think this is what we voted In ugh!
Mikaela Andrews January 21, 2013 at 11:20 PM
I thought it was a bunch of lies just like 4 years ago. He needs to take his ugly daughters and awful ugly wife and go hide in the White House. Can't believe this is what we want for the next 4 years. Maybe next time we will get it right
Holly January 21, 2013 at 11:21 PM
I didn't watch or listen either, too depressing. Scary.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau January 21, 2013 at 11:24 PM
You're far more disgusting than anything about the Obama family.
Renee Cazares January 21, 2013 at 11:46 PM
not to sound like a polly anna, but let us show some good attitude and not bring everyone down with such nasty comments about the President and his family, especially his children.
Tim O'Connor Fraser January 22, 2013 at 12:22 AM
I'm constantly amazed at how different people have such polar opposite experiences when looking at the same man. The same was true, to some extent, of GW Bush. The degree to which people love President Obama and hate him at the same time is completely mystifying. Simple answers that point fingers and denigrate others don't make sense to me; I've seen these feelings coming from well-educated, caring people. Perhaps media plays a part, but I don't think that's the whole picture... I believe there's something deeper at play; I'm curious what other people think.
Scott Yeager January 22, 2013 at 12:26 AM
Yes and you felt just great when Bush got reelected and then left office with a 25% approval rating after his 8 year nightmare was finally over.
Scott Yeager January 22, 2013 at 12:30 AM
It's one thing to dislike a President for his actual policies and it's another to dislike him for things that aren't real.
Penny January 22, 2013 at 12:40 AM
I don't watch daytime tv but I made an exception today and I loved it. And it was very apparent that the crowd did to. There is a fleet of these vehicles used for occasions like this. I had to laugh at the secret service man following VP Biden - he has to be in shape to keep up with him. I liked also the inclusion of multi races into the celebration. Of course I find little about this administration I don't like which should give you negatives out there lots to chew on.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 22, 2013 at 01:18 AM
I would say the true definition of "ugly" is in these hateful words directed at innocent children.
gj January 22, 2013 at 02:22 AM
People that "love" him or "hate" him miss the point. The point is JOBS. He should get busy on the miserable employment situation, realize he won the election, and stop campaigning.
Harold Edwards January 22, 2013 at 06:43 AM
Hate is a bad thing for this nation! People do not understand the power of hate,if we don't work together we will fail as a nation. Work together we will succeed.It looks to me the United States of America is going to collapse? Every thing is red or blue right or left up or down black or white. When a president is elected like him or hate him if you don't give support nothing will happen.Maybe your waiting for the king of the United States! Wake up at least we get to vote! Many of men died for that right.
Cindy Watter January 22, 2013 at 02:26 PM
Let's get to the SPEECH. As an English teacher and a person who appreciates history, I appreciated his allusion (echoes of Lincoln's second inaugural speech, mention of the Civil Rights Movement), alliteration, tricolon, and parallel structure. You can look it up. :)
Pam Silleman January 22, 2013 at 03:30 PM
The speech sure did nothing to heal our seriously divided nation. I long for a leader that brings us together and finds common ground to build upon. Our shining city on the hill is starting to look like Detriot.
Rob Sherman January 22, 2013 at 05:14 PM
No political speech will ever mystically unite a nation, especially when the virwpoints are so vehemently opposed, for starters. It was a beautifully crafted speech, with historic overtones, well wrtitten and well delivered. For the most part I think that Obama is doing better for our country than the previous administration. And to convince me otherwise is going to take more than racist smears at his family.
Scott Yeager January 22, 2013 at 05:55 PM
When one party thinks government should exist in the form of the EPA, FDA and Social Security as an example and the other party wants them to go the way of the dinosaur it is impossible to have "common ground".
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 22, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Our country will survive.
Tim O'Connor Fraser January 22, 2013 at 06:23 PM
It may even thrive, despite the negativity.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 22, 2013 at 06:28 PM
It was the same from the "Left" when bush was elected. I guess we are just a negative country.
King Jarvis IV January 22, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Yep. This coming from the very same Pam Silleman who enjoys an 8,000 a month compound at the Silverado Country Club. The same PS who poor mouthed her way into not paying the film crew that she used downtown not long ago. Yep. HRM
Karl Voigt January 22, 2013 at 08:34 PM
Is that the same as pink smoke and twirling bright shiny objects ? I notice he didn't say a thing about twenty million unemployed nor how his administration has given the Banks 15 TRILLION dollars which they are now sitting on.
Karl Voigt January 22, 2013 at 08:41 PM
This country is more hatefully divided under this President than at any time since the late 1850s. A big part of this vicious division is the fact that people like yourself have been trying to play the race card for just about anything since the beginning of this President's time in office
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 22, 2013 at 10:16 PM
North Korea's labour camps can now be seen from space. Glad we live here.
Christiane Tsouo-Harvey January 23, 2013 at 06:51 AM
I agree with Rob Sherman about the beautifully crafted speech, with historic overtones and I thought one of Obama best speech that came right from his heart. He looked very contented to be genuine and authentic. Those next four years are going to be very exciting!
Christiane Tsouo-Harvey January 23, 2013 at 06:54 AM
I agree with Rob Sherman about Obama's beautifully crafted speech, with historic overtones and I thought one of his best speech that came right from his heart. He looked very content to be genuine and authentic. Those next four years are going to be exciting!


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