'When times change, so must we,' President Obama said Monday during his second inaugural address, after taking the oath of office. '...fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges.' Here is the full text of his speech.
The following is the text of President Obama's inaugural address, embargoed for delivery Jan. 21, 2013, outside the Capitol building in Washington, after he takes the oath of office.
Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:
Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”
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