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Washington DC Decimated by Power of Hope

Dateline - Washington, DC January 20, 2009

Crowds of anti-vigilante protests gather before the speech Amidst a sea of onlookers, Barack Obama today took the oath of office and became the 44th President of the United States. After being sworn in on the famous Abraham Lincoln bible, he took the podium and began to stoke the fires of hope which earlier buffeted his meteoric rise to the election victory in November.

He began by reminding Americans that even though today is a day of celebration and renewal, it is not without uncertainty and doubt about the future. He said that while many Presidents have been sworn in during peaceful and prosperous times, that "...every so often, the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms."

He then went on to enumerate many of the challenges facing today's generation of Americans, and the challenges which greet him as President.

"Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout 'Save Us!'"

Obama unveils his true form While many in crowd, undoubtedly, seek to blame the outgoing President Bush for this mess, Obama reminded Americans that he is not solely responsible and that "...I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. He stood up for his country. Never let anyone retire him. Never cashed in on his reputation. Never set up a company selling posters and diet books and toy soldiers based on himself. Never became a prostitute. If that makes him a Nazi, you might as well call me a Nazi, too."

In fact if there was a continued theme of President Obama's address, it was the need to look forward, not back, and drive the country into the 21st century with confidence and a renewed sense of purpose. When discussing his goals, Obama said that it was essential to "...restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology's wonders to raise health care's quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. Additonally, we will strive to unlock the immense energy potential of beans. I believe that canned beans and sugar cubes are all a man needs. These will be the energy sources that power the new America."

He concluded by reminding Americans of the long journey that has culminated in his standing at the podium as President, and of the many challenges overcome.

"Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things -- some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor -- who have carried us up the long, rugged path toward prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

The Hope soon reached critical mass and destroyed DC For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn. They fought in Khe Sahn even though VVN night didn't mean much to your average Vietnamese, they didn't care who won. But it meant something to the dinks, and it meant plenty to us."

For the assembled crowd, many of whom were there decades earlier marching with the honorable Martin Luther King, Jr., there was no question, as President Obama finished, that the American Dream "...came true. You're lookin' at it. Now c'mon... let's really put these jokers through some changes. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested, we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back, nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations."

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