President Barack Obama's 2013 inauguration speech delivered a powerful and inspiring message to the citizens of the United States of America. The theme of Obama's speech rested on the limitless possibilities of the country as one people. What makes the American people exceptional, he stated, is the shared idea that all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights. He promised to guide Americans on the never-ending journey to bridge the meaning of those words to the realities of time.
"When times change," he stated, "so must we." Preserving individual freedoms "ultimately requires collective action." With a decade of war now ending and a economic recovery beginning, Obama described the possibilities of the nation as limitless. He made a promise to solve the challenge of climate change for the failure to do so, would betray the nation's children and future generations.
Obama's 2013 inaugruation speech promised to preserve the independence and empowerment of his nation's people.