President Barack Obama’s 2013 Inauguration Address
President Barack Obama’s inauguration address at the beginning of his second term came at a time when the United States is becoming more diverse than ever before, when the divide based on political opinion is greater than in recent memory and the country is in the midst of major changes in the way our country is functioning both at home and abroad. Massive government spending and borrowing over the last two decades, the war on terror that began after the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington DC, immigration issues that are coming to a boil and a divided nation on political, racial and economic issues give Obama’s democratic political base rational to change the way our country operates, and his foes on the right rational to explain why we should return to traditional values. It is in this incredibly volatile environment that the President used the stage of the inauguration to speak to the American public, in an attempt to pacify his friends, and to attack his foes as well as to bring countries abroad together in the spirit of friendship and togetherness. Many point that Obama’s speeches have the most partisan tone of any president in recent history, but in fact the partisan mood within the nation has been festering for many years. A major contributing factor in the partisan polarization is a result of both Asian and even more, Hispanic immigration and the resulting battle for support from these groups. Politicians of both parties make decisions with the intent of attracting voters, either for or against the particular issues with Democrats looking to expand immigration and immigrants’ rights and Republicans trying to restrict immigration, especially immigration of the undocumented. Surprisingly, Obama is also facing a nation further divided racially than it was four years earlier. A 2012 AP poll found that racial bias was slightly higher than it was at the start of Obama’s presidency, and that was...
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