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Cheers welcome Obama's investiture

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Cheers welcome Obama's investiture


Roars of approval rang out in Washington as Barack Obama took the oath, with one hand on his hero Abraham Lincoln’s 1861 bible.

In an acceptance speech which was more about tone and style than detailed policy, Obama urged Americans to rally for the sake of the country: “Starting today we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin again the work of remaking America.” “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.” “We will begin to responsibly leave Irak to its people and forge a hard earned peace in Afghanistan, with all friends and former foes… we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat and roll back the specter of a warning planet.” Polls show widespread public support in the US for Obama and optimism about the coming four years of his presidency. He has to hit the ground running given the state of the economy, and is due to meet military commanders later today to discuss the military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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