Inauguration 2013: Top 5 quotes from Obama's inaugural address

GateHouse News Service
President Barack Obama takes the oath of office Monday as first lady Michelle Obama looks on.

President Barack Obama was sworn in for his second term on Monday. Below are highlights of his inaugural address and of today's inauguration events. Click here to read a transcript of Obama's address.

"My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together."

"We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity."

"We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law.  We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully – not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear."

"We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth."

"We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate."

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Barack Obama is sworn in as the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2009, in Washington, as his wife, Michelle, holds the Bible. Conducting the ceremony is United States Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.