Obama takes office as 44th president of the United States of America

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Published on Tuesday, 27 January 2009 21:50
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obamaJanuary 20, 2009 (NSV) - President –elect Barack Obama has been sworn in as the 44th president of the United States of America, making history as the 1st African American President. Delivering his inaugural address before a crowd of about 2 million in front of the capitol, President Obama acknowledged the enormous challenges facing America and the world and made assurance of meeting them.

“Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America - they will be met,” he told a rousing crowd.

President Obama, who was born to a Nilotic Luo father from Kenya and a white mother from Kansas, USA, assured the people of developing nations of his support.

“To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds,” he said.

He also called on the developed nations not to be indifferent to the suffering in the world.

“And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it,” he said.

The new president assured America a new era of peaceful coexistence between people of different colors, religion and race.

“For we know that our patchwork heritage is strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus - and non-believers,” he stated.

“We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.”

Obama also warned the world terrorists.

"With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet,” he said. “We will not apologize for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defense, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.”

With Obama sworn in, a new era of global leadership has been ushered in to tackle the daunting challenges of the 21st century of climate change, wars, poverty and economic crisis.

Bringing peace to Sudan, especially putting an end to Darfur crisis and ensuring the full implementation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement that ended the war in South Sudan, are the most important things Sudanese expect from President Barack Obama.