Listeners comment on Barack Obama's inauguration01/20/09 Robert Lorei
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GOOD AFTERNOON, I'M ROB LOREI WELCOME TO WMNFâ€™S RADIOACTIVITY. ON THIS INAUGURATION DAY. WEâ€™RE GOING TO HEAR FROM SEVERAL LOCAL RESIDENTS WHO ARE IN WASHINGTON FOR THE INAUGURATION. AND LATER WEâ€™LL OPEN THE PHONE LINES.
With 11 million Americans out of work and trillions of dollars lost in the stock market's tumble, newly inaugurated President Barack Obama emphasized that his biggest challenge is to repair the tattered economy left behind by outgoing President George W. Bush.
"Our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - that time has surely passed," Obama said in an undisguised shot at Bush administration policies. "Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and begin the work of remaking America."
Still, he bluntly warned, "To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West - know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy."
"To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history, but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist."
He said it was a moment to recall "that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."
First we'll be joined by three people from the Tampa Bay area who are in Washington to observe today's historic events: Former WMNF Board President Susan Fox; Dana Gilmore, longtime WMNF volunteer who is in Washington visiting his daughter; and Valerie Bailey, who volunteers with the EMPOWERMENT HOUR PROGRAM here on WMNF Sunday morningsâ€¦.and runs a website devoted to Black History.