Well aware that expectations are high and people world over, not only in the US, are looking forward to his inaugural speech, Barack Obama spent two full days over the weekend preparing for, what his aide says, a truly historic address.
"Well, I know that he had us clear his schedule last weekend, and he spent two full days just getting thoughts out of his head and onto paper," White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told the Fox News channel.
In an interview to CNN last week, Obama had himself said he was aware of the expectations. He had said his inaugural speech would certainly be longer than that the second inaugural speech of Abraham Lincoln.
Gibbs told the CNN that the inaugural speech is expected to last about 20 minutes.
Obama had also told the CNN that his daughters wanted him to be good in this speech. "First African President! Better be Good," his daughters told Obama, according to him, when he took them to the Lincoln Memorial one night recently.
Gibbs said Obama would talk about the challenges and the problems the country is facing, "but how as Americans we always work together as one country and one people to make our lives better and to pass on to the next generation a better place to live," he said.