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Obama: inauguration day

On January 20th 2009 Barack Obama was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States. Before a crowd of more than a million in Washington DC, Obama became the first African-American to take command of a nation founded by slaveholders. This is an excerpt from his speech:

'On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics. We remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.'
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