MINNEAPOLIS - On Inauguration Day, America borrows a bit of flare from the Royals. It has historically become our day for political pageantry.
It is reflective of America's history in song, in oath and in its allegiance.
That seemingly was not lost on President Barack Obama on Monday as he often orated using words borrowed from our founding fathers in an effort to bridge our deep political divisions.
"We the people still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves but to all posterity," the President said at the beginning of his 18-minute-speech to hundreds of thousands of people on the National Mall.
Before he would swear again to uphold the constitution, the President also paid homage to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The president made sure Dr. King's legacy was front and center as he chose the wife of Medgar Evers, a civil rights pioneer, to do the invocation.
And also not lost, on this day, was the message that landed Obama on this stage just four years ago. Hope.
He often began sentences using words that unite, not divide, and more than a handful of times began a thought invoking the words of the Constitution, We the People.
The theme of almost everything he set on the agenda of his second term in his speech, if that indeed is what he was doing, began with the word we.
He spoke of climate change, marriage equality of gays and lesbians, immigration reform, health care fixes and gun control legislation using the term we, rather than me, they, or this party or that.
"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 forbearers thru Seneca falls and Selma and Stonewall just as it guided all those men and women sung and unsung to hear a preacher say we can't walk alone," the President said.
After the swearing in ceremony a parade took place along the streets in Washington D.C. Presidential balls will occur throughout the evening.
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