Watch President Obama sworn into office by Chief Justice John Roberts and then give his inaugural address. Excerpt and link to full text below:
As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.
Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.
We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort – even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet. We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.
The full text of the speech is here.
Meanwhile the White House website has undergone a makeover. At exactly 12 PM ET, WhiteHouse.gov, the official Website of the President switched over to a new design. The new website includes the Briefing Room where citizens will be able to find the President’s weekly Web video address, appointments and nominations, executive orders, and slideshows. And, of course, there is also the White House blog with the first entry (Change has come to WhiteHouse.gov) posted at 12:01 pm by Macon Phillips, the Director of New Media for the White House.
The State Department website has a new front page look as well, and the official blog, DipNote has resumed posts as of 11:00 am today with Robert Wood (Acting Department Spokesman and Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs) serving as its primary blogger.