I found it a very good speech because it seemed to show he was sending a clear message to everyone, like he had something to say to everyone who listened and everyone could relate to something he said. He talked to Americans, too World leaders, christians, muslims, non-believers, terrorists, democrats, republicans, afro-Americans, ... It was the most effective speech yet because it was the first speech that actually had implications on the world scene and not just with an election. Some felt they were even to involved in the speech: Barack Obama inauguration: China cuts references to communism from speech - Telegraph His whole speech seemed to be having multiple different purposes, other then just one purpose (a theme). here is his speech btw: text format: President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address: The Full Text - TIME youtube format: [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZKmo8Ihi08&feature=related]YouTube - Barack Obama Inauguration Speech (Part 1 of 2) Inaugural Speech Address[/ame] [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wxswzd16lM8&feature=related]YouTube - Barack Obama Inauguration Speech Part 2 of 2 - January 20th 2009 [HQ][/ame] I find this speech truly ingenious, because he seemed to please almost all Americans and allies displease only the biggest enemies of the US, try to convert nations to the side of the US.