Today is a day to be celebrated. Today is a day to be marked with a fresh take on our nation’s tradition of peace. Ladies and gentlemen, today is a day to be happy you live in a place that this kind of ceremony can take place. Lest we forget that we, as a nation, elected Barack Obama to the office of the president. We did. Whether you voted for him, we all elected him. That’s the beauty of the American process. While very few people agree with every single position he has, he is still our elected president.
A president’s inauguration is a great ceremony, and it’s one of the governmental beacons we send out around the world. It’s a new beginning. It’s a fresh start. While we are certainly not the only nation on earth with regular inaugurations, we can still take pride in them. I hope today and tomorrow’s celebrations can take place without bickering, politicking or hating. I hope we, as one people, remember the true meaning of the office of the president.
Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation,
Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all.
Hail to the Chief, as we pledge cooperation
In proud fulfillment of a great, noble call.
Yours is the aim to make this grand country grander,
This you will do, that’s our strong, firm belief.
Hail to the one we selected as commander,
Hail to the President! Hail to the Chief!