A young Man, an Afro-American, has swore as the 44th President of the United States. A new time is open up for hope, expectation and trust in the capacity of Men to fight its passions and praise its virtues. The shaping of the cubic stone is hard and mostly a life achievement. But the struggle is unmistakable and the success at our reach. In a certain way the path of the founders of our Order was re-established and new paths to Light, opened up. The world has regain its sense of Hope, Trust and Prudence. The difficulties have not vanished by miracle but they were diagnosticed. What has this act of profane power to do with freemasonry? Nothing and anything.
(..) We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.
(...) America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words; with hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come; let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations. (...). Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, 20.01.2009.