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Obama’s Inaugural Address

Posted on: February 24, 2009

President Obama’s Inaugural Address marked the beginning of America’s first black president to take the oath.

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His address to Congress, Feb 2009 (click here)

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Throughout President Obama’s speech he does not make many direct references to city upon hill because of the troubled U.S. economy. Obama understood that it was not necessary to mention city upon a hill because he needed to comfort the American people and reassure them that he was going help the U.S. as a first priority. He knew that it was necessary to mention city upon a hill vaguely because he needs to mention some foreign affairs topics, but he wanted to make it subtle enough that his speech was mainly based on helping the U.S. first, and in doing this reassuring the American people that he was going to help them in these tough times.

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