As of today, the United States of America are welcoming their forty-fourth President, the first black President, the third President from Illinois, and the fourth youngest President. Barack Obama entered American and worldwide history on November 4th, 2008, and entered his first term several years later.

dianneMany will remember this fantastic, historical and extremely sentimental ceremony for the grandiloquent, tough yet hopeful speech delivered by the Hawaiian native; his significant address to the international community, the various conflicts and obstacles rising ahead, the rough challenges faced by his population, but his appropriate remembrance of the reasons behind the ideology of America, this dream he refuses to give up despite the pain and the strife endured by the population in the last six, seven years. Barack Obama made the nation and the world proud today, and his words will be etched in memories for a very long time, if not criticized, dissembled and over-analyzed throughout the crucial first hundred days of his presidency.

What struck me most, however, is Democrat Senator of California, Dianne Feinstein, chosen to give the welcoming remarks at the inaugural ceremony. A prominent figure in foreign affairs, a strong woman of principles, Feinstein stood up at the platform with dignity, force, and expressed empowering sentiments in her usual concise yet straightfoward manner. Her speech was extremely inspirational, and gave way for the hope, the change, and the unity that Obama has been striving for throughout his entire campaign. Calling for freedom, respect, and justice, Dianne Feinstein represented, for three short minutes, the change we wanted to believe in – as students and workers, as women and men, as Americans and as foreign nationals. The universality of her words was astounding. Here is the complete transcript:

Welcome to the Inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America.

The world is watching today as our great democracy engages in this peaceful transition of power.

Here on the National Mall — where we remember the founders of our nation and those who fought to make it free — we gather to etch another line in the solid stone of history.

The freedom of a people to choose its leaders is the root of liberty.

In a world where political strife is too often settled with violence, we come here every four years to bestow the power of the Presidency upon our democratically elected leader.

Those who doubt the supremacy of the ballot over the bullet can never diminish the power engendered by nonviolent struggles for justice and equality like the one that made this day possible.

No triumph tainted by brutality could ever match the sweet victory of this hour and what it means to those who marched, and died, to make it a reality.

Our work is not yet finished. But future generations will mark this morning as the turning point for real and necessary change in this nation.

They will look back and remember that this was the moment when the Dream that once echoed across history from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial finally reached the walls of the White House.

In that spirit, we today not only inaugurate a new Administration; we pledge ourselves to the hope, the vision, the unity, and the renewed call to greatness inspired by the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Thank you, and God bless America.

May her words be heard, and freedom prevail.

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