In one of the most touching moments of President Obama’s inauguration, as he departed after making his inaugural address, Obama paused, then took in the moment. He took one last glance at the crowd before leaving, noting that he would never experience this again in his life.
“I want to take a look one more time,” Obama said, pausing as he allowed the crowd to move past him. “I’ll never see this again.”
One of the main themes of President Obama’s inaugural speech was climate change, with Obama saying, “We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.”
It was also the first time any American president ever mentioned the term ‘gay’ during an inaugural address.
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well,” Obama said during his speech.
President Obama was also more forthright and bold than in previous speeches, even mentioning the poor, a demographic which has gone largely ignored by most mainstream politicians, including Obama.
“We must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice – not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of [our] principles.”
You can watch the clip of Obama taking in the breadth of his second inauguration here.