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After being sworn in as the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama delivers his inaugural address on January 20, 2009, in Washington, D.C.
©2009 Associated Press (P)2009 Associated Press

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History

A great piece of history and the beginning of a new era!! Highly recommended

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Thanks to Audiblie

This speech was very good. This speech was short and to the point. Very motivational. Thanks to Audiblie for a free copy. I hope this isn't the only one.

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Inspiring

When I listened to the President's inaugural address, I had chills. Listening to it again made me realize how far we've come as a Nation. We still have a long ways to go for equality for all, but we're getting there.

A great speech!

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Inspiring start

While many experts have criticised the address for its lack of a central theme, it is still a wonderfully compelling look into the inspirational Obama and how he envisages his early days of the presidency.

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Wow

I remember watching the inauguration back in 2009, but I don't remember much of it beyond the hatred I saw being spewed online while I was watching the commenters on the streams. Seeing that audible had the speech available, I needed to listen to it again.

It kind of rings about the same as most presidential addresses. "We're going to do better and be better than the other guys because America - fuck yeah!" That's not a bad thing. Inaugural addresses are supposed to be forward looking, positive, and hopeful. I guess it just hit different when I was younger and less realistic. (And now my friends laugh because I'm obsessively optimistic and hopeful even now!)

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Timeless

This is as relevant today as it was the day he gave the speech. This country is not just red or blue states. We are a nation with one flag, and united we stand.

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a breath of inspiration

in these days, 11 + years since this speech, I find hope in the people. our darkest days may or may not be behind us, but the brightest are sure to come. together we stand - divided we fall, the choice is yours to make for yourself.

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We sure need him now!

Faced with the reality of today I was brought to tears listening to this speech and knowing the days of trust and respect for our president are currently over. Will the USA ever be considered a beacon of hope again? Thank you Mr. Obama for showing us what Grace and honor looks like and thank you Audible for sharing the words of this great man.

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Still Inspiring

Whatever your feeling about him as a politician, a president, or a person, Barak Obama can give a speech. I just listened to this for the first time since watching it live. To me, that broadcast was was one of those moments that you always remember where you were and how you felt in that moment. But the words themselves had faded over time and many more speeches given over past decade. I am glad I listened to it again. It reminded me of where we were as a country, and where we have gone since. For better or worse, there are so many parts of this could be said today and make sense for this time as well.
And as someone who is burned out on the current president's constant focus on his own accomplishments, there was a refreshing lack of individual self focus. Definitely think that there could not be two people more diametrically opposite when it comes to public speaking. I know which I prefer.

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Scintillating

Narration: Imagine Trump being as articulate as Obama. Not hardly!

Content: History will, already has, acknowledged Obama as one of our better presidents. And Trump has the nerve to continuously ridicule him!

Mandatory listening for students of American history.

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  • 02-03-09

Barack Obama Inaugural Address (1/20/09)

If you missed out on Obama's inaugural address, you can download it here for free. The inauguration speech echoes a lot of the goals and ambitions which Obama discusses in his 'The Audacity of Hope' book. I listened to the address again after finishing 'The Audacity of Hope' (which is also narrated by Obama) and seemed to gain a deeper understanding of the man and his mission after doing so. Interesting!

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  • 07-31-19

Obama at his best

reminds me why i always felt Obama was there President and what a total waste it was voting in trump to undo all the good. please note this is just my humble opinion and is in no way connected to audible or Amazon's opinions.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-13-20

Beautiful speech delivered by Barack Obama

This is a beautiful and moving speech that was eloquently delivered by Barack Obama. A must listen for positive and liberally minded people.

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  • Coop14
  • 08-16-20

Truly Inspiring

Well worth a listen. This man was a true statesman. An excellent speech that will be remembered.

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  • Angelina
  • 01-16-20

Inspiring

After listening to Becoming, I understand that the intentions of the Obamas were inspiring but also extremely difficult for them to achieve given the corruption, dishonesty and white privilege that was and is so very clearly present within the American political realm