President Obama, distinguished guests, and my fellow Americans, I am honored and humbled to stand before you today to take the oath of the most sacred and honorable office in this great land, the office of President of the United States of America.
I understand that I come into this office in a time of great change and upheaval in our country and in our world. Issues such as terrorism, racism, poverty, climate change, and so many others threaten our very existence with uncertainty, intolerance, fear, and oftentimes, violence. Knowing this, I also understand the great responsibility I accepted today when I took the oath to uphold this office. Today, as I stood before you with my right hand raised proudly and my left hand secured on the Holy Bible, I was promising my best to the American people. Today is the first of many days, weeks, months and years that I will put forth my best attitude, intention, and ability to help America continue to be the best country, ally and world power possible.
In order to accomplish this goal, we will all have to work together to come up with viable solutions to the issues facing our country and the world. The one thing every one of us can do to help move our country to higher ground on every level is obtain and maintain a positive attitude toward the goals we set and the achievement of those goals. Although this may look impossible on the outset due to varying opinions and ideas regarding the issues at hand and the possible solutions for those issues, having positive intentions and attitudes will offer us great strides in the achievement of those goals before we ever make a decision or take any action toward achieving those solutions.
Over the next four years, we will collectively be engaged in social commentary as well as civil action to make what we consider positive changes in our communities, our country and our world. The most important thing we can do to kick that off and get the proverbial ball rolling is for each of us to commit ourselves to a higher standard on a personal level.
So as your new Commander-In-Chief, let me be the first to publicly commit myself today to obtaining and maintaining a positive and objective attitude regarding every issue and situation that presents itself to me over the next four years, regardless of my emotional, intellectual, personal, professional or other attachment to those issues and situations.
I promise to apply the highest integrity and ethical standards to each and every piece of legislation that crosses my desk as well as to each and every decision I make while in this office, no matter how big or small it may appear to be in the grand scheme of things. I understand that while a piece of legislation may seem less dire or urgent when compared to other legislation competing for my time and attention, that same, seemingly less significant piece of legislation could mean the life of a child trying to get medical coverage, or the future of a person trying to get naturalized to stay in this country and keep his or her family together and safe from harm’s way.
I promise to be responsive rather than reactive and ask that you all join me in this journey. Hasty decisions based on emotion, bias, or financial gain will no longer be the norm coming from the Oval Office. Rather, the American people and the world will witness a new form of governing coming out of Washington D.C. based on truth, ethics, morals and high standards that will set the example for all in our country to follow. By engaging in public debate and adhering to respect and ethical standards when doing so, we can move forward to create the positive change we want to see in our communities, which will then transfer to the bigger picture, the ultimate goal of working to serve the greater good for America and the world.
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