Tuesday, January 20, 2009

01-20-09 The rebirth of hope

"Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions — who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. Those of us who manage the public's dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government"

Entire text of Obama's inaugural speech here.



Blogger Unknown said...

Oh happy day!

7:21 PM  
Blogger Gina E. said...

The most important inauguration since JFK - and the most moving. I loved it when he danced with his lovely Michelle at the 10th ball, and was kissing her...we just melted all over the sofa!

7:09 AM  
Blogger Andrea said...

Hope has prevailed over fear! What a happy day indeed!

7:31 AM  

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