WASHINGTON DC – In his first official act since taking the oath of office, President Barack Obama yesterday (Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009) declared a National Day of Renewal and Reconciliation and called on Americans to serve one another and the nation’s common purpose “of remaking this Nation for our new century.”
“We are in the midst of a season of trial. Our Nation is being tested, and our people know great uncertainty,” the Obama-signed proclamation said. “Yet the story of America is one of renewal in the face of adversity, reconciliation in a time of discord, and we know that there is a purpose for everything under heaven.
“On this Inauguration Day, we are reminded that we are heirs to over two centuries of American democracy, and that this legacy is not simply a birthright – it is a glorious burden. Now it falls to us to come together as a people to carry it forward once more.”
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