History was created yesterday with the swearing in of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States. It was the first time in US history that an African-American had been elected to the highest office of the land. An estimated two million people watched the ceremony-filling every bit of available space as they watched with awe – marvelling at the enormity of the occasion.
President Obama summed it up better than anyone else when he said: ” a man whose father less than sixty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.”
The Telegraph has displayed the inaugural speech as a tag cloud. It is observed that “Change” which was the theme of the Obama election campaign wasn’t used too much. Interestingly, “Hope” wasn’t used too much either. See the complete inaugural speech here.
The Obama administration begins with a tremendous amount of expectations. The people who elected him look up to him with a great deal of hope.
His biggest challenge, according to me is -not the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan or the country’s economy which is on a downward track- in meeting the expectations of the people of the USA- if not the world.