JOHN F. KENNEDY
I look forward to a great future for America - a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.
Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.
The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
If the people cannot trust their government to do the job for which it exists - to protect them and to promote their common welfare - all else is lost.
There are patriots who opposed the war in Iraq and there are patriots who supported the war in Iraq. We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America.
There's not a liberal America and a conservative America - there's the United States of America.
No matter who you voted for, I believe that most citizens, and certainly most of the world, recognize the historical importance of today's Inauguration.
I've heard grumbling from Conservatives about the hoopla being made over this Inauguration. About the coverage and air time and the giddiness of the media.
I think it is well deserved. I think it is overdue.
I've got my little black and white TV on at my desk and am watching the coverage on ABC this morning. While I am awed by the tradition of the visit to St. John's and the final coffee with President Bush... I am moved to tears to see the crowds, to see people celebrating and crying and dancing and praying.
I am hearing stories of what it feels like to be in D.C. these past few weeks. Of changes in how Republicans and Democrats approach each other. Of the energy passing between people.
No matter what... change is upon us and the citizens of this nation are hungry for it.
This is impressive, awe-inspiring, history making, emotionally powerful happenings.
I will most likely post throughout the day as moments of the Inauguration impact me.
I feel the same way, I agree, thank you, your entry made me feel all great all over once again. (sniff!) I thank Cary at LOTD; without him, I never would have found this.
Welcome, Peggy!! I hope you'll stick around and keep commenting. I look forward to getting to know you!
Oh, you left out the last paragraph in your Obama quotes. That was the one that 'got' me. It was truly Lincoln-esque. And held MUCH hope for a brighter future.
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