Inauguration Day 2013

Welcome to Spring 2013 Semester at UCO!

We begin this semester with the inauguration of President Barack Obama for a second term, one of only 15 of the 44 Presidents in American History to win fur more years. The ceremony falls on the national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an transformational leader who held no public office.

I encourage you to listen to the President’s address for the key messages he wishes to impart. Today he speaks as the American president, and not as a partisan candidate for office. In a time of sharp divisions here at home and multiple global challenges, listen for a healing, unifying theme. Abraham Lincoln’s second inaugural address was just 701 words, but more enduring than those many times longer as he sought to bind up the nation’s Civil War wounds. Advice for President Obama and others to heed?

Today is also a fitting moment to recall the stability of our political system as power is confirmed without challenge. Such a peaceful transfer is taken for granted here, but not so in many other societies. A day to reflect, give thanks for our stability, a day to renew our commitment to be engaged citizens to ensure that we build America every day by what we believe and how we take care of each other.

Enjoy the history unfolding today.

I wish you a most fulfilling semester. I look forward to seeing each of you soon.

Don Betz