We earlier posted the full text of President Obama’s 2nd inauguration speech. While listening and following snippets of the speech something jumped out at me. This part of his “our journey is not complete” segment stood out:
Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law –- (applause) — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.
I wondered if he or any other President had included this type of language relative to gay rights.
Nope. Not even him.
This speech marked the first time in American History that the word gay was mentioned in a Presidential Inauguration Speech.
Add to that the following:
We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. (Applause.) Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.
Climate change. Also never mentioned in an inauguration speech.
Some can argue that our President hasn’t done enough to further a progressive vision of America. What you can’t argue is that he is pushing us forward and addressing issues that are important to us. He’s talking about things Presidents have never talked about before. Real progress on these issues is something we can all judge and debate. The fact that he is taking them up in his second term, however, is clear.
I’ve always been fascinated by wordles – visual representations of text. I took a minute to create one of each of Obama’s inauguration speeches.