Today, on this day of days, I will not strive to be profound or insightful. For this one day, any rhetoric would be superfluous. I’ll just say that I am filled with a happiness that’s increased as the day goes on, relieved by the end of a shameful era, and looking forward to the hard stuff.
Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.
President Barack Obama