WASHINGTON (BP)--Barack Obama, minutes after being sworn in as the country's first African American president Jan. 20, said the crisis that confronts the United States requires a "new era of responsibility" from its citizens.
Obama, 47, told a vast television audience and a National Mall crowd in sub-freezing temperatures estimated at about 2 million people that "the challenges we face are real, they are serious and they are many," but he promised they "will be met." He said the crisis includes not only a war "against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred" but a "badly weakened" economy.
He told Americans, "[W]e have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character than giving our all to a difficult task." Read More