Inauguration of President Barack Obama
Press statement by Bernard Kouchner
The inauguration of President Barack Obama is a moving and historic moment. The new President of the United States of America affirmed his will for an America that is strong in its convictions but not dogmatic, an America both open to the world and firm in its values, an America that is dynamic and united, an America that looks at the world with realism, but to the future with confidence.
The new President addresses the world a message of hope and truth. We are in need of his enthusiasm, his refusal of injustice, and his willingness to proceed in building a safer and more just world.
France and the European Union are ready to work closely with Barack Obama and all of his team. I am delighted to be able to face the common challenges before us with his new Secretary of State.