Congratulations to President Barack Obama, who was sworn in to his second term this week in a private ceremony. In accordance with US law, the President is to be sworn in to start a new term at 12 noon on the 20th of January. Because the 20th fell on a Sunday this year, the ceremony was private and low-key, with just members of Obama’s immediate family on hand.
In a sweet nod to equality, Obama’s second term kicks off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the day American’s pay homage to slain civil rights leader.
How soon is now? That’s the civil and human rights question looming over Obama’s second term. Will he continue to fight for full equality for gay and lesbian Americans? What about reforming our broken immigration system with a full overhaul, much like he devoted his first term to reforming health care. Time will tell, but he is indeed our best hope.
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