Sunday, 22 January 2017

President Donald Trump's Inaugural Speech

''Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton,
President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of
the world: thank you
We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national
effort to rebuild our country and to restore its promise for all of our
Together, we will determine the course of America and the world
for years to come.
We will face challenges. We will confront hardships. But we will
get the job done.
Every four years, we gather on these steps to carry out the orderly
and peaceful transfer of power, and we are grateful to President
Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama for their gracious aid
throughout this transition. They have been magnificent. Thank
Today’s ceremony, however, has very special meaning. Because
today we are not merely transferring power from one
administration to another, or from one party to another — but we
are transferring power from Washington, DC and giving it back to
you, the American people.
For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the
rewards of government while the people have borne the cost.
Washington flourished — but the people did not share in its wealth.
Politicians prospered — but the jobs left, and the factories closed.
The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our
Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have
not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s
capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all
across our land.
That all changes — starting right here, and right now, because this
moment is your moment: it belongs to you.
It belongs to everyone gathered here today and everyone watching
all across America.
This is your day. This is your celebration.
And this, the United States of America, is your country.
What truly matters is not which party controls our government, but
whether our government is controlled by the people.
January 20th, 2017 will be remembered as the day the people
became the rulers of this nation again.
The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no
Everyone is listening to you now.
You came by the tens of millions to become part of a historic
movement the likes of which the world has never seen before.
At the center of this movement is a crucial conviction: that a nation
exists to serve its citizens.
Americans want great schools for their children, safe
neighborhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves.
These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.
But for too many of our citizens, a different reality exists: Mothers
and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted-out
factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our
nation; an education system, flush with cash, but which leaves our
young and beautiful students deprived of knowledge; and the crime
and gangs and drugs that have stolen too many lives and robbed
our country of so much unrealized potential.
This American carnage stops right here and stops right now.
We are one nation — and their pain is our pain.
Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success.
We share one heart, one home, and one glorious destiny.
The oath of office I take today is an oath of allegiance to all
For many decades, we’ve enriched foreign industry at the expense
of American industry; Subsidized the armies of other countries while allowing for the very sad depletion of our military; We’ve defended other nation’s borders while refusing to defend our own;
We’ve made other countries rich while the wealth, strength, and
confidence of our country has disappeared over the horizon.
One by one, the factories shuttered and left our shores, with not
even a thought about the millions upon millions of American
workers left behind.
The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes
and then redistributed across the entire world.
But that is the past. And now we are looking only to the future.
We assembled here today are issuing a new decree to be heard in
every city, in every foreign capital, and in every hall of power.
From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land.
From this moment on, it’s going to be only America First.
America First.
Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign
affairs, will be made to benefit American workers and American
We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries
making our products, stealing our companies, and destroying our
jobs. Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength.
I will fight for you with every breath in my body — and I will never,
ever let you down.
America will start winning again, winning like never before.
We will bring back our jobs. We will bring back our borders.
We will bring back our wealth. And we will bring back our dreams.
We will build new roads, and highways, and bridges, and airports,
and tunnels, and railways all across our wonderful nation.
We will get our people off of welfare and back to work — rebuilding
our country with American hands and American labor.
We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and Hire American.
We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world
— but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all
nations to put their own interests first.
We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather to
let it shine as an example for everyone to follow.
We will reinforce old alliances and form new ones — and unite the
civilized world against radical Islamic terrorism, which we will
eradicate completely from the face of the Earth.
At the bedrock of our politics will be a total allegiance to the
United States of America, and through our loyalty to our country,
we will rediscover our loyalty to each other.
When you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for
The Bible tells us, “how good and pleasant it is when God’s people
live together in unity.”
We must speak our minds openly, debate our disagreements
honestly, but always pursue solidarity.
When America is united, America is totally unstoppable.
There should be no fear — we are protected, and we will always be
We will be protected by the great men and women of our military
and law enforcement and, most importantly, we will be protected
by God.
Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger.
In America, we understand that a nation is only living as long as it
is striving.
We will no longer accept politicians who are all talk and no action
— constantly complaining but never doing anything about it.
The time for empty talk is over.
Now arrives the hour of action.
Do not let anyone tell you it cannot be done. No challenge can
match the heart and fight and spirit of America.
We will not fail. Our country will thrive and prosper again.
We stand at the birth of a new millennium, ready to unlock the
mysteries of space, to free the Earth from the miseries of disease,
and to harness the energies, industries and technologies of
A new national pride will stir our souls, lift our sights, and heal our
It is time to remember that old wisdom our soldiers will never
forget: that whether we are black or brown or white, we all bleed
the same red blood of patriots, we all enjoy the same glorious
freedoms, and we all salute the same great American flag.
And whether a child is born in the urban sprawl of Detroit or the
windswept plains of Nebraska, they look up at the same night sky,
they fill their heart with the same dreams, and they are infused
with the breath of life by the same almighty Creator.
So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large,
from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these
You will never be ignored again.
Your voice, your hopes, and your dreams, will define our American
destiny. And your courage and goodness and love will forever
guide us along the way.
Together, We will make America strong again.
We will make America wealthy again.
We will make America proud again.
We will make America safe again.
And, yes, together, we will make America great again.
Thank you,
God bless you, and God bless America''.

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