Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Quote of the Day -- A Special Inauguration Edition

"That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

"These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land -- a nagging fear that America's decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.

"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met."

-- from President Barack Obama's First Inaugural Address

The New York Times has a special interactive feature, "Analyzing Obama's Inaugural Speech," complete with video and full text broken up into segments with links to articles relating to some of the segments. They also have "Inaugural Words: 1789 to the present" showing the key words of every presidential inaugural address with links to full texts.

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