WASHINGTON: With expectations soaring high, Barack Obama will make history today when he is sworn in as President- the first black American to hold the post. At around midday local time, Mr Obama will place his hand on President Abraham Lincoln's inaugural bible and take the Oath of Office. In front of a massive global audience - not to mention the millions braving the Washington cold in person - the ceremony will usher in a new era of American politics.
The US media has begun speculating on the contents of the inaugural speech of Barack Obama, as the 44th President of the US, and said it would emphasis on "culture of responsibility".
In fact, some key aides of Obama also began indicating the tone and tenor of the inaugural speech, which the people, political observers and analysts are expecting that would be a historic one, given his oratorical skills.
Quoting Obama's advisor, The Washington Post said the inaugural speech will emphasize the themes of responsibility and restoring public confidence. CNN reported that this will emphasize on "Age of New Responsibilities".
The New York Daily News reported that Obama will use his inaugural address to preach that tough times call for government responsibility, Wall Street accountability and individual sacrifice.
When asked about the inaugural speech,told the MSNBC: "I think what you will hear is a time and a place in which we all have an era of responsibility, that too long there's been a culture of anything goes, and that to do what we need to do as a country, to regain America's greatness and continue to move forward and be an example around the world, that we need that culture of responsibility not just to be asked of the American people, but that its leaders must also lead by example.
The Congressional Quarterly said all the memorable inaugural speeches, Lincoln, Roosevelt and Kennedy, have been delivered at the time of serious national crisis or in times when significant changes were taking place.