New birth of freedom
Senator Dianne Feinstein's opening speech, at the inaugural ceremony for the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama was eloquently delivered and inspiring. Something we believe should remind us of how and why the ideals of democracy should be valued, pursued and upheld. She said,
"The world is watching today as our great democracy engages in this peaceful transition of power. Here on the national mall where we remember the founders of our nation and those who fought to make it free, we gather to etch another line in the solid stone of history.
The freedom of a people to choose its leaders is the root of liberty.
In a world where political strife is too often settled with violence, we come here every four years to bestow the power of the Presidency upon our democratically elected leader.
Those who doubt the supremacy of the ballot over the bullet can never diminish the power engendered by non-violent struggles for justice and equality, like the one that made this day possible. No triumph tainted by brutality could ever match the sweet victory of this hour and what it means for those who marched and died to make it a reality.
Our work is not yet finished but future generations will mark this morning as a turning point for real and neccessary change in our nation. They will look back and remember that this was the moment when the dream that once echoed across history from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial finally reached the walls of the White House. In that spirit, we today not only inaugurate a new administration, we pledge ourselves to the hope, the vision, the unity, and the renewed call to greatness, inspired by the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.