Obama: A decade of war is now ending

obama inauguration day 2013President Barack Obama says that a decade of war is now ending and an economic recovery has begun.

America’s possibilities are limitless, the president said in his inaugural address. He said we will seize this moment if we seize it together.

Obama said that America can’t succeed when only a few at the top do well and a growing many can barely make it. The country’s prosperity must rest on a rising middle class, he said.

Obama spoke after taking the public oath of office Monday for his second term.

AP

  • Persistent

    Despite all the struggle the African Americans have endured through the years and having a black man in the white house for a second term is phenomenal. I hope and pray that Lebanon one day will have the same fate where ANY Lebanese citizen irrespective of him/ her religion or sect can be elected to hold ANY office in the land where religion is not a basis for qualifications but becomes a private matter and not a public forum.

    • yalibnan

      AMEN !! I could not agree with you more

      This process starts with us as Lebanese citizens.

      We need to start judging people by who they are and what they have accomplished , not by what religious sect they belong to, or which family they come from.

      We think that once we as Lebanese start respecting each other and start believing in our country then we can expect better representation, but as long we remain narrow minded and keep wearing blinders we should not expect better representatives .

      I fully agree that the election of an African American as a president for a second term in the US should set an example for all of us to follow

      The irony of the whole thing is the fact that inauguration of a black American as the president took place on the birthday of Martin Luther King…..his dream after all came true …there is no reason why we as Lebanese cannot dream too ….that one aday we will be all equal.

      Thank you Persistent for bringing up the issue

      • Persistent

        One should never lose hope but I am not encouraged by most of the exchanges I read….where most of us compatriots have experienced with democracy and its benefits but yet still think along sectarian lines and champion those demagogues and entrenched warlords that have failed us over and over again and use sectarianism to veil their failure and lack of achievements in serving the interest of the general public….

        • yalibnan

          Never lose hope my friend under any circumstances and start leading by setting an example for others. In the end you will find people like you are the majority , since most educated Lebanese are sick and tired of their representatives.
          We need new thinking and this takes new leadership!!
          Blacks in American never lost hope neither should we .

          I like your assumed name a lot .

      • Prophettttt

        yalibnan, When are you going to lift the ban on my other prophet accounts?Obviously, the ban did not work,and it was never justified.Having been ban few times already, I have had to open more accounts,and keep adding t’s to my name,I also had to change my IP more than once.I never concealed my Identity,and will never do.

        If anything, this should teach us that silencing people’s voices,and banning them is useless and this is exactly what you claim to fight against.Freedom of expression is a god given right,and it should(and can ) never be taking away by anyone.
        I’m just requesting that you kindly lift the ban on my accounts,but I’m not begging. Do the right thing,Admin.You don’t have to like me or my views,but You know that my contribution adds value to the blog,and to your site,and I always appreciate you hosting all of us.
        Seeing you on the comment page is wonderful ,and I like the idea of exchanging with you directly.
        Thank you, Your loyal commentator,and most banned member, Prophet.

  • Persistent

    Despite all the struggle the African Americans have endured through the years and having a black man in the white house for a second term, I hope and pray that Lebanon one day will have the same fate where ANY Lebanese citizen irrespective of him/ her religion or sect can be elected to hold ANY office in the land where religion is not a basis for qualifications and becomes a private matter and not a public forum.

    • yalibnan

      AMEN !! I could not agree with you more

      This process starts with us as Lebanese citizens.

      We need to start judging people by who they are and what they have accomplished , not by what religious sect they belong to, or which family they come from.

      We think that once we as Lebanese start respecting each other and start believing in our country then we can expect better representation, but as long we remain narrow minded and keep wearing blinders we should not expect better representatives .

      I fully agree that the election of an African American as a president for a second term in the US should set an example for all of us to follow

      The irony of the whole thing is the fact that inauguration of a black American as the president took place on the birthday of Martin Luther King…..his dream after all came true …there is no reason why we as Lebanese cannot dream too ….that one aday we will be all equal.

      Thank you Persistent for bringing up the issue

      • Persistent

        One should never lose hope but I am not encouraged by most of the exchanges I read….where most of us compatriots have experienced with democracy but yet still think along sectarian lines and champion those demagogues that have failed us over and over again and use sectarianism to veil their failure and lack of achievements in serving the interest of the general public….

        • yalibnan

          Never lose hope my friend under any circumstances and start leading by setting an example for others. In the end you will find people like you are the majority , since most educated Lebanese are sick and tired of their representatives.
          We need new thinking and this takes new leadership!!
          Blacks in American never lost hope neither should we .

          I like your assumed name a lot .

      • Prophettttt

        yalibnan, When are you going to lift the ban on my other prophet accounts?Obviously, the ban did not work,and it was never justified.Having been ban few times already, I have had to open more accounts,and keep adding t’s to my name,I also had to change my IP more than once.I never concealed my Identity,and will never do.

        If anything, this should teach us that silencing people’s voices,and banning them is exactly what you claim to fight against.Freedom of expression is a god given right,and it should(and can ) never be taking away by anyone.
        I’m just requesting that you kindly lift the ban on my accounts,but I’m not begging. Do the right thing,Admin.
        Thank you, Your loyal commentator,and most banned member, Prophet.

  • FadiAbboud

    I am perfectly fine with a man/woman of any religion or background being a Lebanese President just as long as he or she is truly Lebanese and.. most importantly, as long as Lebanon is truly a secular country without the president influencing their personal religious beliefs in the government and on society.
    The sad truth is that Arab leaders are unable to separate religion from Government… many do not wish to live under a religious extremist government and when you consider all of the uprisings and in the middle east.. they have been taken over by extremist whose views do not allow tolerance and a true democracy. How can we trust that this will not happen in Lebanon? the current Hezbollah government is slowly taking away personal freedoms, liberties and injustice prevails.

    The constitution of Lebanon sure is flawed but it allowed Lebanon to be the most democratic Arab speaking country in the middle east by not allowing Islam to dominate the government.

  • FadiAbboud

    I am perfectly fine with a man/woman of any religion or background being a Lebanese President just as long as he or she is truly Lebanese and.. most importantly, as long as Lebanon is truly a secular country without the president influencing their personal religious beliefs in the government and on society.
    The sad truth is that Arab leaders are unable to separate religion from Government… many do not wish to live under a religious extremist government and when you consider all of the uprisings and in the middle east.. they have been taken over by extremist whose views do not allow tolerance and a true democracy. How can we trust that this will not happen in Lebanon? the current Hezbollah government is slowly taking away personal freedoms, liberties and injustice prevails.

    The constitution of Lebanon sure is flawed but it allowed Lebanon to be the most democratic Arab speaking country in the middle east by not allowing Islam to dominate the government.

  • libnan1

    My tax return – Returned?

    I just received a letter from the IRS. It puzzles me!
    They are questioning the number of dependents that I claimed. I guess it was because of my response to the question: “List all dependents?”
    I replied 12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million unemployed people on food stamps, 2 million people in over 243 prisons; half of Mexico ; and 535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate.”
    Evidently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.

    I KEEP ASKING MYSELF, WHO DID I MISS?

    • 5thDrawer

      huhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhu …

  • libnan1

    My tax return – Returned?

    I just received a letter from the IRS. It puzzles me!
    They are questioning the number of dependents that I claimed. I guess it was because of my response to the question: “List all dependents?”
    I replied 12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million unemployed people on food stamps, 2 million people in over 243 prisons; half of Mexico ; and 535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate.”
    Evidently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.

    I KEEP ASKING MYSELF, WHO DID I MISS?

    • 5thDrawer

      huhuhuhuhuhuhuhuhu …

  • libnan1

    My tax return – Returned?

    I just received a letter from the IRS. It puzzles me!
    They are questioning the number of dependents that I claimed. I guess it was because of my response to the question: “List all dependents?”
    I replied 12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million unemployed people on food stamps, 2 million people in over 243 prisons; half of Mexico ; and 535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate.”
    Evidently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.

    I KEEP ASKING MYSELF, WHO DID I MISS?

  • libnan1

    My tax return – Returned?

    I just received a letter from the IRS. It puzzles me!
    They are questioning the number of dependents that I claimed. I guess it was because of my response to the question: “List all dependents?”
    I replied 12 million illegal immigrants; 3 million crack heads; 42 million unemployed people on food stamps, 2 million people in over 243 prisons; half of Mexico ; and 535 persons in the U.S. House and Senate.”
    Evidently, this was NOT an acceptable answer.

    I KEEP ASKING MYSELF, WHO DID I MISS?