Reaction to President Obama's Speech

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President Obama’s inaugural speech was uplifting and inspirational. It was quite refreshing to hear a man who seems to truly believe in the intrinsic equality and goodness of all mankind. He touched on many key issues this country faces without doing much to sugar coat them, but instead affirmed his belief that the people are capable of making the necessary changes to correct these problems - that history has shown time and again the resilience and spirit of our great nation to see adversity through to its end, and come out a stronger, more unified people. It is not that our country is less great now than it has been in the past. We are still the most powerful and prosperous nation in the world, but we have grown complacent – stale as President Obama puts it. We must reinvigorate the values inside of us that our country was founded on. I was very moved by his belief in the human spirit, and the confidence he has in the goodness of people. An absolutely wonderful allegory the President made to the war on terrorism was his mention of communism and fascism and how we were able to overcome that without the sole use of force. I do not believe in violence, but there are many violent people in this world. Often times I wonder how we will be able to defeat terrorism, and if violence will just beget more violence. After listening to President Obama’s speech I really felt more at peace with the situation. He believes good will outlast evil and that we will defeat the enemy not by necessarily attacking them, but by setting an example as a positive force in the world. We should be strengthening our bonds with old friends and forming new friendships with our former foes. President Obama beautifully says, “We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” Very poetically put for such a powerful statement. If the President holds true to his words

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