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The Second Inauguration of Barack Obama

flag.jpg On January 21, 2013, President Barack Obama delivered his Second Inaugural Address. The speech highlighted hot topics such as immigration, the economic recession, war in the Middle East, gay rights, and healthcare, while emphasizing the importance of national unity and cooperation in resolving these issues over the next four years. "America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it -- so long as we seize it together." Also celebrated this past Monday was the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., a holiday that did not go unacknowledged in the Address. Alluding to MLK Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, the president remarked 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," but is "our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, [which] are constants in our character." The speech lasted 15 minutes and was 2,137 words long. To read the official transcript, click here.