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President Barack Obama’s inaugural address

Among the recorded history of the world’s great speeches, Barack Obama’s inaugural address delivered at the U.S. capital in Washington D,C., on 20th January 2009, will probably remain a classic, embellished with wisdom, for generations to come. More than ever before in human history President Obama has shown a common destiny in the affairs of correct and good governance in his multinational, multicultural, holistic approach that makes him undoubtedly a global citizen. He rightly claims that greatness has never given, it must be earned, and earned it surely he did, after a tumulous election campaign, facing unprecedented challengers, undaunted. Amidst a financial crisis that has cracked the pillars -of economic stability in almost all countries.

Having gone through his unmatched address twice over, I have carefully selected some of the important excerpts of his speech. They are as follows;

"the time has come to set aside childish things, the time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit, to choose our better history, to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea passed on from Generation to Generation, the god given promise, that all are equal, all are free, and deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

And for those who seek to advance their aims of inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken, you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

Our economy is badly weakened in consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some but &,.so our collective failure to make hard- choices and prepare Our nation for a new age. Our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions, that time has surely passed.

Everywhere we look there is work to be done. The state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and the will to act.

Hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism, they have been old. These things are true. They have been the quite force of progress, throughout our history.

To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit, and the silencing of dissent known that you are on the wrong side of history. But we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

Those of us who manage the public dollars will be held to account to spend wisely, reform bad habits and conduct our business in the light of the day, because only then can we restore the vital truth between people and their government.

The above quoted excerpts are stem warnings to the nations of the world in general, and an eye opener to our battle ravaged country, if we are to know better days and happier times.

P. Ben Corea

Wattala

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