Although President Obama and Vice President Biden were sworn in during a private ceremony on Sunday, the public festivities were today. You can watch his inauguration speech here.
Some of the Highlights:
–Obama compared the 1969 Stonewall Riots with the 1848 Seneca Falls Convention and with Selma: President Obama has unquestionably done more for gay equality than any other president. He was the first president to come out in support of gay marriage. He also signed legislation allowing gay people to serve openly in the military.
–Obama reaffirmed his support for the social safety net: Obama countered arguments from politicians like Paul Ryan who have claimed that social welfare like Social Security saps initiative and makes people “takers.” Obama stated:
“The commitments we make to each other — through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security — these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great”
I’m looking forward to see what happens in Obama’s second term. What about you?