president obama inaugural address

President Barack Obama is a man of many firsts.

In 2008, he became the first African American to hold the office. In 2009, he nominated the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice. In 2012, he became the first Democratic president since Franklin D. Roosevelt to win the majority vote twice. And at his 2013 inauguration, he became the first president to mention gay rights during an inaugural address.

“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well,” he said during his speech.

Obama is making history as the first U.S. president to openly support gay rights. According to NBC News, a review of past presidential inaugural speeches turned up no prior mentions of gays and lesbians.

President Obama went on the mention signature moments in the women’s rights, civil rights and gay rights movements.

“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,” he said. “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.”

Although there is still much debate over whether same-sex marriage should be classified as a civil right, President Obama has received praise from LGBT rights groups and advocates for his honorable mention.

What did you think of President Obama’s inaugural address?

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  • WhatIThink

    Bottom line it should be a slap for all black folks when the first black president gets up on stage on Martin Luther kings birthday and doesn’t mention black folks by name not ONCE, but can mention gays, women and immigrants by name as if THEY are the only ones who are disadvantaged or suffering in this country. And think about it, how on earth is an immigrant with an engineering degree “suffering”? Last I checked those immigrants who come here to get degrees or with degrees are most often the cream of the crop from their home countries. All immigrants aren’t poor Mexicans. And the idea that Mexicans, who are native to the Americas, need a government created by invaders to allow them to enter territory that was already there is just another example of how twisted this political system is. Not to mention that in the history of civil rights in America not once were Gays, Women or Immigrants hung up on tree or enslaved or treated BY LAW as 3/4ths of a human and segregated. When one talks of civil rights in this country it is about the fact that for most of the history of this country blacks were BY LAW subject to all sorts of inhumane treatment and degradation. The fact hat it was BY LAW makes it over and above any individual attitudes by any one group of people. It represents an inherent systematic process of dehumanization and degradation. There is no other population in this county that has faced any sort of similar situation other than Native Americans.

    So to say on this day of Martin Luther King’s birthday that all these other groups who were never ever part of the same forms of systematic oppression and subjugation are the poster children of civil rights is a slap in the face to all black people everywhere. It means that black folks suffered so that everybody else could benefit. So Gays, women and immigrants will get more open and systematic support from this government than the people that this same government that made it legal to lynch, rape, murder and exploit black people at will. Now if a white president had done that, everyone and their grandmother would have seen this as an insult. But not with Barack Obama, even though it is even more of an insult when a so-called black president does it because it means that THEIR definition of advancement and integration in America for black folks means to forget who you are as black people and what you went through and to put your interests behind those of others. Which is to say lift up others at your expense.

    50 years after the civil rights movement and the main beneficiaries are trickster black politicians, coon behind house Negroes, white women, immigrants (Koreans, Indians, etc) and now gays. Meanwhile black folks are going backwards….. but nobody wants to talk about that.