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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

On This Historic Day

I lsitened to Barrack Obama's inauguration speech which inspired me to review some other memorable inauguration speeches. And when I searched google for this, I found that a lot of other folks have been thinking about it too. Some memorable lines, in no particular order:

"Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." - John F. Kennedy

"So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

"Freedom and the dignity of the individual have been more available and assured here than in any other place on Earth. The price for this freedom at times has been high, but we have never been unwilling to pay the price." - Ronald Reagan

"America has never been united by blood or birth or soil. We are bound by ideals that move us beyond our backgrounds, lift us above our interests and teach us what it means to be citizens." - George W. Bush

"The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature." - Abraham Lincoln

Time will tell if Barrack Obama's speech is one for the ages. Though he was not my candidate of choice, I have such hope for him. He has my support and I firmly hope that he holds our country's best interests at heart and that he will be successful in his endeavor. God bless America indeed.

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1 comment:

  1. I like the look back at other speeches. I have to be honest, I thought his speec yesterday seemed a bit different than what he has said over the last year or so, but I will continue to pray for him as well.