Monday, January 21, 2013
It seems quite appropriate to spend part of Martin Luther King Jr. Day watching President Barack Obama's second inauguration today at 11 a.m. EST.
UPDATE Here is a transcript of the address. On immigration, the President held out the promise of reform:
"Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity, until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country."
The President also talked more generally about the struggle for civil rights in America:
"Not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes; tolerance and opportunity, human dignity and justice. We the people declare today that the most evident of truth 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; 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."
The Washington Post summarizes the public inauguration events this morning here.