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President Obama’s Inaugural Address (20 January 2009)locked

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Rarely has an American presidential inaugural address been so greatly anticipated as the one Barack Obama gave on January 20 2009 That an estimated 1 8 million people attended the inaugural ceremonies on the Mall in Washington DC far more than attended any of the 55 previous inaugurals was merely one indication of the intensity of interest in the first presidential address by an African American Throughout the world hundreds of millions more watched the ceremony live on television and on the Internet Under normal circumstances the singular factor of Obama s race might have explained the intensity of interest notably in his father s native Kenya where many communities came to a standstill to watch the ceremonies But these were not normal circumstances Domestically 2008 had been one of the bleakest years for the American economy since World War II And most economic indicators suggested that the economy would ...

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