Barack Obama once again made history when yesterday he recited the presidential oath of office, and became the first African American President of the United States. Now, on January 21st, President Obama will begin to face the serious challenges plaguing our country head on.
It is estimated that nearly two million people braved the cold to witness the inauguration of the 44th President. With hope and determination in their souls, they listened intently as he gave his address.
“What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task,” Obama said during his address.
“This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed, why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent Mall. And why a man whose father, less than 60 years ago, might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.” (The Hill, 1-21-09)
The newly inaugurated president has already begun to tackle many of the nation’s pressing issues; with the largest being the economic crisis that currently has a strangle hold on our country.
In addition to this great task, President Obama has promised to reform the current health care system in the United States. In his address he only briefly touched on health care, and specifically, only on the use of information technology to modernize how health care is currently delivered; but during his campaign he released his plan in which he laid out how he is going to fight cancer. He has promised to double federal funding for cancer research within five years, and also to pass legislation ensuring all Americans have access to preventative health care services, including colorectal cancer screenings.
During his time as an Illinois State Senator, Obama helped to pass legislation that guaranteed colorectal cancer screenings for individuals in Illinois. Now, as our 44th President, we hope Mr. Obama will do the same for the rest of America.
Starting from day one, C3 and our advocates will be doing our best to make sure we hold President Obama to his word. We hope through cooperation we can finally end the pain and suffering that comes from this disease.
C3 would like to wish President Obama and Vice President Biden all the luck in the world.