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January 20, 2009 4:50 PM

Experts opine: Of the top 4 speeches, Obama's is No. 5

President Barack Obama used his inaugural address to stake out a new moral high ground for America in the eyes of the world and to parlay his ascendance as America's first black president into a call for ethnic and religious unity. It mixed criticism of President Bush with a call for bipartisanship. But experts said the address didn't have any single ringing line likely to echo down the halls of history.

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