This week in our series of The Makers of History: Barack Obama.
What makes us exceptional — what makes us American — is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago.
2013, Inauguration Speech, United States Capitol
We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names.
Read the full text of Obama’s speech here.
This is part of a series on The Makers of History where we look at the best historical speeches. Do get in touch if you have a recommendation you’d like us to include.