Obama speaks of change
President Obama was sworn into office for his second term on January 21 and even though the day was made special thanks to countless musical acts including Beyonce and James Taylor, it was his message to the nation thatÂ many took to heart.
BET reports Obama's message to the people following his inauguration was similar to what got him elected the first time around - a hope for change. Obama borrowedÂ the phase "We the People" from the U.S. Constitution and used itÂ multiple times during his speech, as he called for a need for equal rights for all and a change in how we take care of the environment.
Obama also made history in another way - he was the first president in history to discuss the rights of gay, lesbian and transgender Americans in an inaugural speech.
"Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law - for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well," Obama told the crowd on the steps of the capitol, the news outlet reports.
After the heartfelt speech on change, Obama made sure to live in the moment and enjoy ringing in his second term. USA Today reports the first couple switched into evening attire to join countless celebrities and supporters during both the Commander-in-Chief Ball and the second ball, which was open to the public.
Did you watch the inauguration? How did you feel about Obama's speech?