Congratulations to my American friends, and indeed, to the entire world. It is difficult not to invoke the clichés and myriad historical images that have permeated the media over the preceding days and weeks. It was impossible for me not to feel the thrill of a new dawn during the 44th President's inaugural address. And the one thought that has been foremost in my mind today is, "Today, we are all Americans."
It's not that I simply wish to usurp the tremendously positive feeling that now unites what has been a bitterly divided nation. Rather, President Obama's words, his inspiration, his call to action shout loudly to the entire world. All of us, the entire population of the planet, so connected and so proximate in the effects we create among each other, must unite, striving to meet the challenges and reach the objectives that he so eloquently described. We must all unclench our fists and extend our hands, and collectively work for the betterment of all people. And, perhaps with an unparallelled imperative born uniquely of our time, together create a world in which we all want to live.
Congratulations. You deserve it. We all deserve it.
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