(I have special hope for a new energy policy featuring reduced carbon dioxide emissions. See aforemost NASA scientist's, Dr. Jim Hansen's recent letter Barack and Michele O'Bama).
Obama spoke "That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet."
"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real... But know this, America - they will be met. On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord."