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I was going to post some of my favorite lines from the inauguration speech, but the entire address was just so beautiful.  You've probably seen it already, but you really should go back and read it here:

Full text of President Barack Obama's inaugural address

These last paragraphs blew me away:

"So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

"'Let it be told to the future world ... that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive...that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it).'

"America, in the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations."



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Jan. 20th, 2009 07:30 pm (UTC)
It was a fantastic speech, Piney. I think we picked the right guy. :-)

I have to share with the one newspaper person on LJ who's also way into TWW:

The mayor of Racine, charged with enticement of a child -- he was busted at a mall where he'd arranged to meet a 14-year-old girl who was actually an undercover agent -- AND possession of child pornography, picked today to resign.

Apparently he's seen Take Out the Trash Day.
Jan. 20th, 2009 08:17 pm (UTC)
Apparently he's seen Take Out the Trash Day.

HA! He definitely picked the right day. No one will be paying attention!
Jan. 20th, 2009 10:43 pm (UTC)
Yes. But it will still be on our front page, you know? :-)
Jan. 20th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
It was so beautiful. My favorite parts:

And so to all the other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and that we are ready to lead once more.


To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

Jan. 20th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
I was just completely awestruck. I loved the "we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist" part, too. I think that's going to be THE quote that everyone remembers.
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