Today, Congressman Sanford D. Bishop, Jr. (GA-02) released the following statement to commemorate the upcoming inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America, President Barack Obama on Monday, January 21, 2013.
"Four years ago, we proved to the world that in the United States any child--black or white, girl or boy, rich or poor--can dream of becoming President of our great nation. Today, we are reminded still that no hope is unfounded. The echoes of President Lincoln's words at Gettysburg still ring true--our government is still, "of the people, by the people, for the people." These words we should never forget.
"Truly, the Presidential Inauguration is a celebration of what makes America great. It is a celebration of the American spirit that unifies a vast country and a diverse group of people, despite our distinct differences.
"As a Member of Congress, I realize that our nation has some challenging times ahead. Many Americans are still without jobs, measures must be taken to put our fiscal house in order, and difficult decisions lie ahead. Here in Washington, we must put aside partisanship and focus on solutions that move our nation forward. Truly, it is only by working together that we will bring about necessary and effective change.
"It will not be easy, but together we will prevail through these tough times. I know that in the United States of America, no challenge is too difficult--for as a united people, we shall overcome.
"The Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013 is not just a celebration for President Barack Obama. It is a celebration for our nation and every American. It is a celebration of hope for a more prosperous and a more peaceful world."