|President Barack Obama is sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as First lady Michelle Obama and daughters, Sasha Obama and Malia Obama look on during the public ceremonial inauguration on the West Front of the U.S.|
Capitol on Jan. 21, 2013.
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar's statement:
The inauguration of Barack Obama as the President of the United States realizes the dream of equality expressed by Martin Luther King Jr. and it holds particular pride for our own diverse nation today as we join in celebration with hundreds of millions of people across the planet.
It is ironic that President Obama was sworn in on Martin Luther King Day. No one could have predicted nor determined that Barack Obama’s inauguration would occur on the very day set aside for both the observation of the life and birth of an historic figure who dreamt of an America where colour no longer mattered and the official inauguration of the 44th President of the United States of America.
It is my belief that this event is the fulfillment of a destiny etched in the soul of a nation some 50 years ago.
We should all consider ourselves fortunate to have seen this occur in our lifetime. It opens up our minds to the world of possibilities available to each of us regardless of who we are and what obstacles may lie in our way. The story and life of Barack Obama is a beacon to the world that points the way in which each of our own destinies can be fulfilled against all odds.
On behalf of the government and people of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, I express heartfelt congratulations to President Barack Obama and the people of the United States of America.
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