Klobuchar on Obama’s Inauguration
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar released the following statement after the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States:
“Every presidential inauguration is a day of hope, inspiring good spirits and big plans for the future. Even by these high standards, Barack Obama’s inauguration sets new records.
“As with any inauguration, the real test is to sustain the hope, especially when confronted by tough problems. President Obama does not shy away from the serious challenges facing us. Today he reminded us of the unique spirit and courage that have always been America’s greatest strengths. And so he rightly calls on each one of us to as Americans to take responsibility and help move our nation forward with unity and common purpose.
“Despite the challenges awaiting us, this new president displays a confidence and cheerfulness which are the sign of what an American poet [Ralph Waldo Emerson] once called “an open and noble temper.” Our new President’s steady temper is, in turn, an inspiration for all of us as Americans to come together to form a more perfect union.
“Despite the cold on the National Mall, millions of Americans gathered for today’s pageant of democracy — people of all ages, all races, all backgrounds, from all across the country. Millions more watched throughout America and around the world. Amid all the crowds and all the cheers, what stands out the most are the faces of the children. Although young, they intuitively understand the historic nature of this day and this new president. And it is for them, our children and all the generations that follow, that President Obama has taken the oath of office, pledging to do what is best for our nation and our founding ideals.”