Barack Obama's Remarks at the Lincoln Memorial

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  1. KenH

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    Barack Obama's Remarks at the Lincoln Memorial

    I want to thank all the speakers and performers for reminding us, through song and through words, just what it is that we love about America. And I want to thank all of you for braving the cold and the crowds and traveling in some cases thousands of miles to join us here today. Welcome to Washington, and welcome to this celebration of American renewal.

    In the course of our history, only a handful of generations have been asked to confront challenges as serious as the ones we face right now. Our nation is at war. Our economy is in crisis. Millions of Americans are losing their jobs and their homes; they're worried about how they'll afford college for their kids or pay the stack of bills on their kitchen table. And most of all, they are anxious and uncertain about the future - about whether this generation of Americans will be able to pass on what's best about this country to our children and their children.

    I won't pretend that meeting any one of these challenges will be easy. It will take more than a month or a year, and it will likely take many. Along the way there will be setbacks and false starts and days that test our fundamental resolve as a nation.

    But despite all of this - despite the enormity of the task that lies ahead - I stand here today as hopeful as ever that the United States of America will endure - that the dream of our founders will live on in our time.

    What gives me that hope is what I see when I look out across this mall. For in these monuments are chiseled those unlikely stories that affirm our unyielding faith - a faith that anything is possible in America. Rising before us stands a memorial to a man who led a small band of farmers and shopkeepers in revolution against the army of an Empire, all for the sake of an idea. On the ground below is a tribute to a generation that withstood war and depression - men and women like my grandparents who toiled on bomber assembly lines and marched across Europe to free the world from tyranny's grasp. Directly in front of us is a pool that still reflects the dream of a King, and the glory of a people who marched and bled so that their children might be judged by their character's content. And behind me, watching over the union he saved, sits the man who in so many ways made this day possible.

    And yet, as I stand here tonight, what gives me the greatest hope of all is not the stone and marble that surrounds us today, but what fills the spaces in between. It is you - Americans of every race and region and station who came here because you believe in what this country can be and because you want to help us get there.

    It is the same thing that gave me hope from the day we began this campaign for the presidency nearly two years ago; a belief that if we could just recognize ourselves in one another and bring everyone together - Democrats, Republicans, and Independents; Latino, Asian, and Native American; black and white, gay and straight, disabled and not - then not only would we restore hope and opportunity in places that yearned for both, but maybe, just maybe, we might perfect our union in the process.

    This is what I believed, but you made this belief real. You proved once more that people who love this country can change it. And as I prepare to assume the presidency, yours are the voices I will take with me every day I walk into that Oval Office - the voices of men and women who have different stories but hold common hopes; who ask only for what was promised us as Americans - that we might make of our lives what we will and see our children climb higher than we did.

    It is this thread that binds us together in common effort; that runs through every memorial on this mall; that connects us to all those who struggled and sacrificed and stood here before.

    It is how this nation has overcome the greatest differences and the longest odds - because there is no obstacle that can stand in the way of millions of voices calling for change.

    That is the belief with which we began this campaign, and that is how we will overcome what ails us now. There is no doubt that our road will be long. That our climb will be steep. But never forget that the true character of our nation is revealed not during times of comfort and ease, but by the right we do when the moment is hard. I ask you to help me reveal that character once more, and together, we can carry forward as one nation, and one people, the legacy of our forefathers that we celebrate today.

    - www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2009/01/obamas_remarks_at_the_lincoln.html
     
  2. LeBuick

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    I just hope he is given more than a month or a year before his effort is considered a success or failure. I think the nation for the most part knows it will take time but there is a cross section of America that will declare he's a failure on 1/21/09.

    I wish more people will understand THIS IS AMERICA. It is a set of ideal's and not simply a constitution. It is the determination of farmers and blacksmiths, Protestants and non-religious, free whites and enslaved blacks, the citizens, ALL THE CITIZENS who labored with pride and love for the ideals to make this nation stand out above all other nations as one who has overcome those things that are destroying other nations. The prejudice, the bigotry, the discrimination, the lack of love for their fellow man. I believe we are a great nation because those who harbor those feelings of hatred are the minority and are tolerated because the majority are understanding.

    We are a melting pot, and you may not like the person next to you in the pot but we live or die together.
     
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    Amen.

    "No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in Mankind; And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; It tolls for thee." - John Donne, Meditation XVII
     
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    Eighteen more hours of freedom!
     
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    One good thing about the Obama administration, it will shut the lefties up about the constitution.
     
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    Yep, that pesky piece of parchment gets in the way of all the fun! :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    In about 15 hours from the time I post this message George W. Bush's Reign of Error will finally, finally, finally, finally BE OVERRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)
     
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    And the New World Order will have officially begun. Hey, at least a lot of us on here are going to get free money. :) How soon can we sign up?
     
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    To quote President Gerald Ford, "Our long national nightmare is over."
     
  10. KenH

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    I tell ya what, MP, I personally believe that tomorrow will be the most exciting day in my life so far as a citizen of the United States of America.

    I will have never been prouder to be an American than I will be at noon EST on January 20, 2009.

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    **double Double Post Post**
     
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    #44, otherwise known as the leader of the new world order, gave a really heart felt tribute to McCain at the McCain dinner this evening. He also charged McCain with holding his (Obama's) feet to the fire. I think New will be good considering these are things old never did.
     
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    Obama hasn't fooled all of us with this kind of speech! He restates the obvious, elevates todays problems to make them seem larger than anything before, makes non-specific promises for "change", muffles the pending huge growth in government control and dependence, puffs it all up with irrevelvant filler material, and throws out juicy bait for all those upon who's support he depends. It's pitiful and yet easy to discern.
     
  14. KenH

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    You mean like you keep restating your inane points about him. :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    Yes, it is quite pitiful. Sheeple.
     
  16. KenH

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    Yes, right-wingers are to their failed ideology.
     
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    :laugh: NICE! I see you have learned from the mistakes of Michelle to carefully word your post.... :thumbsup:
     
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    I think some my proudest moments were while in the service of my country with fellow warriors and when I reflect upon all those before and since my time. Tomorrow seems like a very said day for America to me. I'm disappointed in the choice Americans have made. I hope we will recover from it and reverse this "change" at the very next opportunity.
     
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    No offense, Ken

    but

    Where oh where is Ronald Reagan when you need 'im!!!!????:tear: :tear:
     
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    I mean like the common sense some of us keep putting in front of you face but which you just can not see.
     

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