WASHINGTON, DC – House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement today after the swearing in of the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama:
"Today, our Nation celebrated a day of renewal. The Inauguration of Barack Obama was not simply the end of one presidency and the beginning of another: so many of us hope that it also marked the close of an era of partisanship and irresponsible government. In the same way, today's ceremony was about far more than one man. It was about the millions who shaped a movement for change, and the millions more who came to Washington to take part in history and a new spirit of public service.
"Generations to come will remember the history that has already been made by Barack Obama and the movement he inspired. But in office, President Obama will be judged by a single standard: his success in meeting the tremendous challenge of the days and years to come, beginning with two wars overseas and an economic crisis here at home. I have great confidence in our new President and his seasoned team of advisors. Congress stands ready to work with the Administration to rebuild our economy, create jobs, and restore American leadership in the world. But rising to meet our challenges will take all of us working together. If change ends in Washington, we will know that our Nation has not lived up to the promise of this moment."