President Barack Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

Barack Obama has been ceremonially sworn in for his second term as the 44th President of the United States.

Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden were officially sworn in yesterday, in accordance with the requirements of the Constitution. In today’s public ceremony, Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor again swore in Biden and Chief Justice John Roberts again swore in Obama.

Political attention today focussed on Obama’s Second Inaugural Speech.

With frequent invocations of ‘We, The People’, the speech was Obama’s most progressive as president. Amongst other things, he called for action on climate change and equality for gay people.

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Text of President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address.

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.”

Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.

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The Inauguration Of A President

These videos show the Presidential Inauguration ceremony in chronological order.

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President Barack Obama Takes Oath Of Office And Begins His Second Term

In a brief ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House, Barack Obama has taken the oath of office and begun his second term as the 44th President of the United States.

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The oath was administered by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Roberts, at 11.55am.

The ceremony took one minute. Obama’s wife, Michelle, and his daughters, Malia and Sasha, were the only other people present, apart from a handful of journalists and a camera crew.

The 20th Amendment to the US Constitution stipulates that a presidential term ends at noon on January 20. Since this is a Sunday, Obama will take the oath again tomorrow as part of the official public ceremonies. He will also give his inaugural address tomorrow.

Vice-President Joe Biden took the oath of office earlier this morning.

Obama won re-election last November. He is constitutionally prevented from running again in 2016. He now has less time left as president than he has already served.

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Joe Biden Takes Oath Of Office For Second Term As Vice-President

Vice-President Joe Biden has taken the oath of office for his second term.

The oath was administered by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor shortly after 8am. The brief ceremony was preceded by a prayer from the Reverend Kevin O’Brien of Georgetown University.

President Barack Obama will be sworn in at midday.

The Constitution mandates that the President and Vice-President be sworn on January 20. Because that date is a Sunday this year, the official ceremonies will be held tomorrow when Obama and Biden will take the oath again.

Obama also took the oath twice in 2009, following a verbal mangling of the oath by Chief Justice John Roberts.



British Foreign Secretary William Hague’s Howard Lecture

This is the audio of UK Foreign Secretary William Hague’s Howard Lecture at the Menzies Resource Centre in Sydney.

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Hague was introduced by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott. He also answered questions. Former Prime Minister John Howard gave the thank you speech.

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