Tuesday, January 20, 2009

May it be so. For all of us.


Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends - hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism - these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths. What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility - a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

3 comments:

shawn said...

And today we witness why President Barack Hussein Obama, is not just the President of the United States of America, but is, after eight long years, a World Leader in the fullest sense of the word!!

The winds of change are blowing!!!

Candygirlflies said...

Now, if we could just get a nice, strong breeze through our own House of Commons...

CGF

painted maypole said...

Amen.

I've watche/listened the speech 3 times already... plus all the snipets on the news.

It just keeps getting better.

so happy and hopeful...

 
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