Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
Thank you so much.
Vice President Biden.
-- -- -- Members of the United States congress.
And fellow citizens.
Each time we gathered to inaugurate -- proud.
We bear witness.
To the enduring strength.
Reaffirmed the promise of our democracy.
We were called -- what -- this nation together is not the color of the bars again.
Or the tenants of our -- -- origins.
Of our names.
What -- this exceptional.
What makes us America.
-- our allegiance to an idea articulated in the declaration made more than two centuries ago.
We hold these truths.
To be felt bad.
All men are created it.
-- That they are endowed.
By their creator.
With certain unalienable rights.
Among base are life.
The pursuit of happiness.
Today we continue a never ending journey.
To bridge the meaning of those words.
The reality is our time.
For history tells us the -- these -- maybe self evident.
Have never been felt execute.
While freedom is a gift from god.
It must be secured by his people here on earth.
The patriots 1776.
Did not like to replace the tyranny of -- -- -- the privileges of a few.
Or the rule of a mob.
They gave to us a republic.
A government up and by and for the people.
And trusting each generation to keep -- our founding -- For more.
The 200 years we have.
-- blood drawn by eyelash and blood drawn by sword we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality.
Could survive half slave and half three.
We made ourselves -- note.
And vowed to move forward to -- Together we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce.
Schools and colleges to train our workers.
Together we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition.
And fair play.
We resolved -- a great nation must care for the vulnerable.
And protect its people from life's worst hazards in the sports.
We have ever relinquish our skepticism of central authority.
Nor are we succumb to the action that all of society's ills can be cured through government -- Our celebration of initiative and enterprise.
Our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility.
These are Constance in our character.
We have always understood that when times change.
So must we.
The fidelity to our founding principles requires -- responses to new challenges.
The preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires.
The American people can no more meet the demands of today's world my acting alone and American soldiers put him up and -- the fascism or communism.
-- Muster the malicious.
Not a single person -- all the math and science teachers won't need to equip our children for the future.
Or build the -- and networks and research labs and bring new jobs and businesses to marshals.
More than ever.
We must do these things together.
As one nation.
And one people.
This generation of Americans has been.
Tested by crises that steal our resolve -- -- resilient.
The decade of war is now and it.
And economic recovery.
America's possibilities are limitless -- week but that's all the -- that this world without boundaries demands.
-- You and -- Diversity.
And -- capacity for risk.
And a gift for reinvention.
My fellow Americans we are made for this moment and we will see that so long as we see that the governor.
Understand that our country cannot succeed -- shrinking fuel.
Do very well and a growing many barely make it.
We believe that America's prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders rising middle class.
We know that America -- every person -- behind independence and pride in the work.
The weight of Nevada's labor liberate families from the brink of hardship.
We are true to our -- -- little girl born into poverty note that.
You have the same answer to anybody else because you have an American.
She is Marie and she is equal not just.
In the -- of -- But also in our -- Understand about -- programs are inadequate.
To the needs of our time.
We must -- new ideas and technology to remake our government.
Revamp our tax code.
Reform our schools.
And empower citizens with the skills they need to work harder learn more reach higher.
But -- the means won't change.
Our purpose indoors.
The nation that rewards work and determination.
-- every single American.
That is what this moment requires that is what will get real meaning to -- -- -- The people.
Still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity.
We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our depth.
But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring.
The generation that built this country.
And investing in the generation will build -- future.
Filter by section