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powerful way. For example, “Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America–they will be met.” These lines alone evoke a powerful feeling of hope in the listener. Obama represents the changes in a realistic way by saying that it won’t be easy or quick, but that with time, it will happen. He continues on to list specific issues and modifications that will take place and reassures the audience by saying America is capable: “All this we can do. All this we will do.” A statement like this sounds so concrete and was read with such confidence, that it once again builds hope in the citizens. Changes in government are mentioned as well. “The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works… Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end.” This reaffirms his intentions as President to implement change in the government systems, 14Ed Pilkington. “Obama Inauguration: Words of History ... crafted by 27-year-old in Starbucks.” The Guardian. 19 Jan. 2009. Web. 4 June 2013. 15Caitlin Stark. “By the Numbers: Presidential Inaugurations.” CNN Politics. CNN. 21 Jan. 2013. Web. 4 June 2013. 16Kathy Kiely. “Democrats see Obama as ‘Face of Reform and Change.’” USA Today. 3 May 2006. Web. 3 June 2013.
17something that many Americans felt was necessary. He acknowledges the need to adapt with the world as it is changing: “For the world has changed, and we must change with it.” These examples further recognize Obama as a face of change, something that was apparent during his campaign, and therefore, needed to be carried out in his inaugural. Much was happening in the U.S. in 2009, adding to the significance of what Obama had to say and further developing the idea that immediate alterations were necessary. America was not only at war with two countries, Afghanistan and Iraq, but it was also in a deep recession. This recession was due in part to the fact that many Americans were buying houses and then taking out loans out from those houses, which they did not have the means to pay back. According to an article in Forbes, written just five days before Obama’s inaugural, “The United States economy is only halfway through a recession that started in December 2007 and will be the longest and most severe in the post-war period. U.S. gross domestic product will continue to contract throughout all of 2009 for a cumulative output loss of 5%.”17It was also called the “most severe financial crisis since the Great Depression.” The recession of 2009 was an economic decline similar to the U.S. great recession during the time of Franklin Delano FDR in the 1930’s.