Although I enjoyed listening to Obama make sweet love to the English languague, Rev. Joseph Lowery’s benediction took the cake. Here’s the full text and video of the benediction. Scroll down to the last paragraph or skip to about 4:47 in the video for the funny part.
Text of the benediction by Rev. Joseph Lowery during President Barack Obama’s inauguration, as transcribed by CQ Transcriptions:
God of our weary years, God of our silent tears, thou, who has brought us thus far along the way, thou, who has by thy might led us into the light, keep us forever in the path we pray, lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met thee, lest our hearts drunk with the wine of the world, we forget thee.
Shadowed beneath thy hand, may we forever stand true to thee, oh God, and true to our native land.
We truly give thanks for the glorious experience we’ve shared this day.
We pray now, oh Lord, for your blessing upon thy servant Barack Obama, the 44th president of these United States, his family and his administration. Read the rest of this entry »