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Congratulations President Obama!

January 20, 2009
 Zoom Photo   President Barack Obama gets a thumbs-up from his daughter Sasha after taking the oath of office.  (Associated Press/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama gets a thumbs-up from his daughter Sasha after taking the oath of office. (Associated Press/Susan Walsh)

From the speech:

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new.

But those values upon which our success depends – hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

(I added emphasis in the first two sentences.)

Also check out the big change over at whitehouse.gov.

Using her Kodak*, Malia grabs a shot (or maybe video) of her father giving the Inaugural Address today.

Using her Kodak, Malia grabs a shot (or maybe video) of her father giving the Inaugural Address today.

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