January 20th, 2009
12:14 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama: America's challenges 'will be met'

WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Obama said in his inaugural address Tuesday that America is "in the midst of crisis."

"Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age," Obama said. "These are the indicators of crisis," Obama continued. "Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its

"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," Obama said.

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  1. manish

    The speech had elements from his election speech and not inspiring. There were only couple of points worth the occation including a definitve message to world community particularly the leaders of Muslim world.

    January 20, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |