Yesterday, the first of the inaugural celebrations kicked off with the opening ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial. Here is an excerpt from Obama's speech at the event:
"There is no doubt that our road will be long. That our climb will be steep. But never forget that the true character of our nation is revealed not during times of comfort and ease, but by the right we do when the moment is hard. I ask you to help me reveal that character once more, and together, we can carry forward as one nation, and one people, the legacy of our forefathers that we celebrate today."
Read the full text of the speech here. The Lincoln Memorial celebration is available through HBO in the U.S. and its territories only. If you are overseas, you may have to use a proxy server to view the video online here. The recorded version is also available on AFN.