Tuesday, January 20, 2009


President Barack Obama sworn-in
DENVER— Today Senate President Peter C. Groff (D-Denver) attended the inauguration of the 44th President of the United States, President Barack Obama, in Washington, D.C. with his wife, Rev. Regina Groff.

“I am proud to have stood at the foot of the U.S. Capitol to witness the swearing-in of the country’s first African-American president,” said Sen. Groff. “The bridge has been built and our children will be able to look back on this day as one of the most important days in American history. President Obama said we have tough challenges ahead, and we know that all too well, but with his leadership and vision he will meet these challenges.”

Today, President Barack Obama delivered his inaugural address as the 44th President of the United States minutes after taking the oath on the same bible President Abraham Lincoln used. “We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this Earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.”