President Barack Obama Inauguration, January 20, 2009, Part 2

President Barack Obama Inauguration, January 20, 2009, Part 2

President Barack Obama Inauguration Day

On Tuesday, January 20, 2009


Looking Back To His Past

In 2009 I created a portrait artwork utilizing the words written by, President Barack Obama, in his 2009 Inauguration speech. In addition I developed other artwork about his family.  After I finished the project I utilized the artwork to produce a video that uses President Barack Obama’s voice delivering his inauguration speech.  My intention in doing the artwork, and video, was for future generations to see the improvement of human civilization at this moment in time.  We are progressing, and are able to accept and recognize that we are all human beings and that all of us should have the same rights and privileges.  If one of us tries with determination to attain a goal, he or she, should receive respect and a fair chance.  This allows for many possibilities, such as the election of President Barack Obama.  I hope people who view my video will feel good about the human race, remembering how far we have come, as we continue to move forward to a brighter more inclusive future.

Ing –On Vibulbhan-Watts, Monday, December 05, 2016 

I just uploaded my video on YouTube on Monday, December 5, 2016 for other people to view my video.  There are two reasons that I put my video on public view, first, this month is the last month of President Barack Obama’s presidency.  Secondly, is to remember the past, especially comparing his presidency, to the potential presidency of the next administration.

The link to YouTube is:

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done.  The state of our economy calls for action, bold and swift.  And we will act, not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth.  We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together.  We’ll restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise health care’s quality and lower its cost.  

We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.  And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age.  All this we can do.  All this we will do. Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions, who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans.  Their memories are short, for they have forgotten what this country has already done, what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.  What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them, that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. 

Barack Hussein Obama Jr. was born on August 4, 1961, Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.A.

Mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, from Wichita, Kansas, U.S.A., English and Irish descent           Born 1942     Died 1995

Education; Occidental College, Los Angeles for two years and transferred to Columbia University, New York City, graduated with a B.A. in 1983, majored in political science

Father; Barack Obama, Sr., a Luo from Nyang o’ma, Kogelo, Nyanza Province, Kenya.  Parents met in 1960 while attending the University of Hawaii at Manoa, married on February 2, 1961and divorced in 1964.

Barack Obama, Jr., met his father when he was about ten years old in 1971.  His father was born in 1936 and died in 1982.

Education; Graduated with a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Harvard Law School in 1991

Healthy baby Barack Obama Jr., in Honolulu, Hawaii

Grandfather, Stanley A. Dunham Born 1918, Died 1992

Grandmother, Madelyn L. Payne Born 1922, Died 2008 (just before Barack Obama become the newly elected president)

The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified.  Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward.  Where the answer is no, programs will end.  And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account, to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill.  Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched.  But this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control.  The nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous.  The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity, on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart — not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.  (Applause.)

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals.  Our Founding Fathers — (applause) — our Founding Fathers, faced with perils that 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 sake.  (Applause.)

And so, to all the 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 we are ready to lead once more.  (Applause.) Barack Obama visited his father’s family in Kenya, for the first time in 1987.

Barack Obama visited his father’s family in Kenya, for the first time in 1987.

Barack Obama with his uncle, named Said.

Barack Obama’s half brother, Malik Abongo Obama who was born in 1958, and his ex-girlfriend, Amy

Barack Obama’s two half brothers, Abo Obama was born in 1968 (left) and Bernard Obama was born in1970 (right)

Barack Obama’s early education Punahou School, Honolulu, Hawaii from fifth grade in 1971 until graduation from high school on 1979 (and lived with his grandparents during this time)

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with the 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’ll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet.

Barack Obama’s half sister Auma Obama was born in 1960 and her mother Kezia, Barack senior’s first wife was born in1930.

Barack Obama’s step-grandmother Sarah Ogwel (left) and aunt Jane (right).

Barack Obama’s step-grandmother, Sarah Ogwel is his grandfather, Hussein O. Obama third wife, his grandfather was born in 1895, died in 1979.

Barack Obama poses with his step-grandmother, Sarah Ogwel Obama in 1992.

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.  (Applause.)

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.  We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus, and non-believers.  We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West, know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.  (Applause.)

To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.  (Applause.) Barack Obama’s step-father Lolo Soetoro was born in 1936, and died in 1987.  The family moved to Indonesia in 1967, where his step-father came from.

Barack Obama’s half sister, Maya Soetoro was born in 1970.  Barack Obama attended Besuki Public School and St. Francis of Assisi School in Jakarta, Indonesia, until he was ten years old.

Barack Obama married Michelle LaVaughn Robinson in 1992.  Michelle was born in 1964.  They have two daughters, Malia Ann Obama was born in 1998 and Sasha Obama was born in 2001.

Barack Obama’s father-in-law, Fraser Robinson, mother-in-law, Marian Robinson, brother-in-law, Craig Robinson and baby Michelle Robinson in 1964

Barack Obama’s family trip to Niagara Falls with half sister, Maya (center) and her husband, Konard Ng (right in 2003)

Barack Obama taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School for twelve years from 1992 to 2004

After graduating from Columbia University Barack Obama worked for a year at the Business International Corporation and then at Public Interest Research Group.

In Chicago Barack Obama worked as a community organizer for three years from June 1985 to May 1988.

Barack Obama was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996 where he served three terms from1997 to 2004.

Barack Obama was elected as a United States Senator from Illinois’ 13th District and sworn in January 4, 2005.  He resigned on November 16, 2008.

Barack Obama became the forty fourth United States President, sworn in on January 20, 2009.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds.  And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders, nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect.  For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

As we consider the role that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who at this very hour patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains.  They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages.

We honor them not only because they are the guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service — a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves.

And yet at this moment, a moment that will define a generation, it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.  For as much as government can do, and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies.  It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours.  It is the firefighter’s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new.  The instruments with which we meet them may be new.  But those values upon which our success depends — honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism — these things are old.  These things are true.  They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history.

What is demanded, then, is a return to these truths.  What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition on the part of every American that we 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.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.  This is the source of our confidence —

the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed, why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall;

and why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served in a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.  (Applause.)

So let us mark this day with remembrance of who we are and how far we have traveled.  In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river.  The capital was abandoned.  The enemy was advancing.  The snow was stained with blood.  At the moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words to be read to the people:

“Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive… that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

America:  In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words.  With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come.  Let it be said by our children’s children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God’s grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Thank you.  God bless you.  And God bless the United States of America. (Applause.)

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