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Jan
21
2009

An Era of Responsibility : A Note From the Inauguration

Yesterday, I was privileged to be one among millions who witnessed the Inauguration of President Barack Obama and the peaceful transition of power in our democracy. This was a pilgrimage that family and friends and I have been participating in for nearly every inauguration since coming to Washington for college at Georgetown University and making the Washington area our home. We started out early from my home in Virginia at 4:30 a.m., walking to the Metro subway in the quiet darkness. As we walked, others emerged, including neighbors bundled in parkas, carrying the American flag.

From the vantage point of the West lawn of the Capitol, shoulder to shoulder with individuals who travelled from every corner of the United States, I listened to President Obama express not only hope, but confidence for America and for our world. He pledged that, “We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids & digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together… and wield technology’s wonders…” He asked for our partnership and for us to shoulder responsibility together.

Good luck, Mr. President. We wish you well and will be willing partners in building a trusted and vibrant digital environment for the betterment of all.

Posted by:

Maureen Cooney
Chief Privacy Officer
Vice President for Public Policy

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