Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement in recognition of President Barack Obama's Second Inauguration:
"Today, people all over the world watched as the first African American President of the United States was sworn in for his second term. Barack Obama's presidency has been a symbol of the progress we have made as a Nation in the struggle for civil rights and equality. This inauguration is all the more poignant as we also celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, this is a time to reflect on how far our Nation has come in the pursuit of a more equal union. This occasion will be etched in the history of our country, and will forever resonate in our hearts and minds.
President Obama's first term was one of many accomplishments. We passed the most significant health care reform in decades and ended the war in Iraq. We also saw the first female Hispanic Justice, Sonya Sotomayor, confirmed to the Supreme Court, and the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell. I believe that during the president's second term, he will continue to advocate for the progressive policies that will help our country continue to exceed, and serve as an example to the world.