Communications and commerce are global; investment is mobile; technology is almost magical; and ambition for a better life is now universal. . He reminded his audience that America has a history of overcoming challenges through bold action and re-creating itself for the better in the process using examples such as and. Together with our friends and allies, we will work to shape change, lest it engulf us. This resounding statement evokes a strong sense of confidence and national pride by making each individual who was apart of the democratic process feel as though they have played a role in the best political system possible. Like a prophet of old, he told of his dream that one day America would rise up and treat all its citizens as equals before the law and in the heart. With a new vision of government, a new sense of responsibility, a new spirit of community, we will sustain America's journey.
And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. As times change, so government must change. A nation that fortifies the worlds most productive economy even as it protects the great natural bounty of our water, air, and majestic land. Though we march to the music of our time, our mission is timeless. May God strengthen our hands for the good work aheadand always, always bless our America. Date January 20, 1993 ; 26 years ago 1993-01-20 Location , Participants , Assuming office, Administering oath Assuming office, Administering oath Joint Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies Responsible for inaugural events including inaugural parade and balls The first inauguration of Bill Clinton as the was held on Wednesday, January 20, 1993 on the West Front of the Building in The marked the commencement of the first four-year term of as President and as. It is our great good fortune that time and chance have put us not only at the edge of a new century, in a new millennium, but on the edge of a bright new prospect in human affairs, a moment that will define our course, and our character, for decades to come.
In that speech, Clinton concentrated upon the theme of renewal. On that Sunday, Metrorail recorded 440,138 trips, breaking the Sunday record set at the April 5, 1992 March for Women's Lives and setting a record that would be broken the following 4th of July. Yes, let us build our bridge. Inaugural addresses have often served as the civil religion. Our founders taught us that the preservation of our liberty and our union depends upon responsible citizenship.
And we must care for one another. Note that it is not Clinton's voice but a slightly mechanical computerized voice. It is our great good fortune that time and chance have put us not only at the edge of a new century, in a new millennium, but on the edge of a bright new prospect in human affairsa moment that will define our course, and our character, for decades to come. President Bill Clinton swears in for his second term alongside daughter Chelsea and First Lady Hillary. Our history has been built on such dreams and labors, and by our dreams and labors we will redeem the promise of America in the 21st century. And the doors of higher education will be open to all. Although his tone and purpose were different for each of his inaugural addresses, both conveyed similar ideas and used similar rhetorical devices.
And once again, we have resolved for our time a great debate over the role of government. For all of us are on that same journey of our lives, and our journey, too, will come to an end. And we need a new sense of responsibility for a new century. To that effort I pledge all my strength and every power of my office. Both of the pieces highlight the loss that Americans suffered during the Civil War, and even as there was massive loss, there was hope for a successful future. Along the way, Americans produced a great middle class and security in old age; built unrivaled centers of learning and opened public schools to all; split the atom and explored the heavens; invented the computer and the microchip; and deepened the wellspring of justice by making a revolution in civil rights for African Americans and all minorities, and extending the circle of citizenship, opportunity and dignity to women.
Parents and children will have time not only to work, but to read and play together. Once again, our economy is the strongest on Earth. Let us remember the timeless wisdom of Cardinal Bernardin, when facing the end of his own life. Guided by the ancient vision of a promised land, let us set our sights upon a land of new promise. Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. The first speech is supposed to inform the people of their intentions as a leader of the country.
From our Revolution to the Civil War, to the Great Depression, to the civil rights movement, our people have always mustered the determination to construct from these crises the pillars of our history. We earn our livelihood in peaceful competition with people all across the earth. Clinton addresses this issue multiple times throughout his speech. Senator chaired the committee for Clinton's first inauguration. And for the very first time in all of history, more people on this planet live under democracy than dictatorship. Martin Luther King's dream was the.
As seen below, he justified these measures by claiming they were done on behalf of the cause of liberty throughout the world. Our rich texture of racial, religious, and political diversity will be a godsend in the 21st century. It was extended and preserved in the 19th century, when our nation spread across the continent, saved the union, and abolished the scourge of slavery. Let us meet them with faith and courage, with patience and a grateful, happy heart. As this new era approaches we can already see its broad outlines. They torment the lives of millions in fractured nations around the world. Together with our friends and allies, we will work to shape change, lest it engulf us.
Prosperity and poweryes, they are important, and we must maintain them. Anyone who has ever watched a child's eyes wander into sleep knows what posterity is. The language in the texts studied is common and widely known. Our founders taught us that the preservation of our liberty and our union depends upon responsible citizenship. And what a century it has been. As the first President elected in the , Clinton stressed the importance of renewal for America, and hinted that he would work to make positive change in America.
Like a prophet of old, he told of his dream that one day America would rise up and treat all its citizens as equals before the law and in the heart. The preeminent mission of our new government is to give all Americans an opportunity,- not a guarantee, but a real opportunity to build better lives. The world is no longer divided into two hostile camps. This beautiful Capital, like every capital since the dawn of civilization, is often a place of intrigue and calculation. To that effort I pledge all my strength and every power of my office. Our streets will echo again with the laughter of our children, because no one will try to shoot them or sell them drugs anymore. Once again, our economy is the strongest on Earth.