Full text: Mayor Vincent C. Gray's inauguration speech

Vincent C. Gray, former chairman of the D.C. Council, is sworn in as the District's mayor, becoming the sixth person to hold the position.
Sunday, January 2, 2011; 8:41 AM

The following is the full text, as prepared for delivery, of new D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's inauguration speech on Jan. 2, 2010.

Good morning. Thank you Bruce for such a nice introduction.

Thank you Judge Washington for administering the oath of office.

To the Council of the District of Columbia, congratulations to the members who have been reelected, and to my colleague and friend Kwame Brown who now assumes the role of chairman of the council.

To the leaders from other areas who have come today.

To the many diplomats who have taken the time to be here.

To my family, especially my children.

And to my fellow residents of the District of Columbia:

I stand before you today humbled by the oath that I have taken, the trust that you have placed in me, and the challenges and opportunities that we face ahead.

I stand here proud to be a native Washingtonian.

Proud to be a product of our city's public schools.

Proud to be a graduate of George Washington University. Proud to have been the first African American in a fraternity at George Washington. And proud to have been joined today, all these years later, by more than 20 of the brothers of Tau Epsilon Phi, all of us having been bonded by this profound human experience.

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