President Obama’s Second Inaugural Speech: The Full Text

Read the entirety of the 44th president's second inaugural address.

Barack Obama was ceremoniously sworn in for his second term as 44th president of the United States on Monday (January 21). Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden took the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. While the crowd may have been smaller than three years ago, the president instilled a mood just as hopeful, addressing specific issues facing the country including gay marriage and global warming.

Keep reading for the full text of his second inaugural speech, as prepared for delivery, according to The Washington Post:

My fellow citizens: I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

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