By: Mae Favila, Feature Editor
It was said that grabbing the opportunity of what you hoped for will only be ensued once. But for Obama, gaining it the second time around would only means triumph.
Barack Obama has sworn in before the public for his second term as U.S. president in Washington, D.C. on Monday [Tuesday, Manila time].
With thousands of flag-waving supporters, Obama took his oath with his left hand resting on two bibles that were once owned by Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. He swore before Chief Justice John Roberts in the White House Blue Room.
Compared to his first term inauguration speech, Obama came in with more buoyancy and confidence and waved to the people who went in front of the White House to witness him—though the number of attendees was smaller this time, with fewer expectations on what the re-elected president has to say.
Obama took his first oath in a private ceremony on Sunday at the White House since the Constitution stated that the term of the U.S. president ends on January 20.
As the date falls on a Sunday, a private swearing-in ceremony must be done before the public celebrations, followed by the second oath taking on the next day.
Unity and progress
Obama’s speech focused more on unity and progress, which he stated the equal pay for women, equal treatment for gays, voting rights, immigration reform, and higher employment as to the keys for its country’s progress.
“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.
Aside from stating the equal right of the people, Obama also stressed out on how to thwart their country from poverty.
He said that in order to end the poverty and build up the middle classes, Obama stressed that the country must make “hard choices” to reduce the cost of health care and the size of the deficit.
“Our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it,” he said.
Obama also noted that streets should be safer for children to give them more security from gun violence, an issue that reached its peak after a series of shooting rampage, particularly in Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut that killed 20 children.
“Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm,” Obama said by referring to the Newton’s shooting incident that killed 20 children and six adults.
While Obama speaks for unity, his statement has a connection with liberal belief to annoy the Republicans.
“Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune,” he said. “Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation and one people.”
As he ended his speech, the president assured his fellow Americans that his oath was an oath to God and for the country, not for party or fiction.
“My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride,” he said.
The Americans have spoken to re-elect Obama as their leader yet the whole world would wait to see the progress of the U.S. as Obama will once again serve as a president.