Much has been said about President Obama’s second inaugural. The weather was beautiful. Logistics were far superior to four years ago. Beyonce lip-synched the national anthem. Or did she? There was the protester in a tree.
What was truly history was Obama’s inaugural address. It wove together themes that reflected the historic coalition that propelled him to a second term. It was very heavy on issues regarding the LGBT and Latino communities, which is exactly the intersection at which Troup finds itself every single day.
Even though CBS newsman, Bob Schiffer thought there was nothing memorable in the speech, ESPN writer and CNN contributing writer, LZ Granderson set him “straight”. Frank Bruni also wrote a compelling column for the New York Times in which he eloquently explains the history nature of Obama’s speech.
When the President said “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths — that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still, just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall,” he tied together the LGBT community with the struggled for women’s rights and the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. It was the first time he had done so publicly and the first time a President mentioned the LGBT community in his inaugural address.
Obama also renewed his call for immigration reform, saying “Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country.”
This call for action was accompanied by high profile Latinos with key roles in the ceremony. Latina Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor administered the oath of office to Vice President Joe Biden. Latino poet Richard Blanco presented the inaugural poem. Both were historic firsts for the Latino community.
There is no doubt this was an historic inauguration. It was the most inclusive ceremony and Presidential inaugural address in history. From our perspective here at Troup, it represents a broader trend that we find in society, corporate America and politics in general. It’s great to be a firm that works at the intersection of each of these trends and issues. Sometimes it’s hard to recognize when we are participating in historic change, but that’s exactly what’s happening now.
And there it is…