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President Obama's Inaugural Address Sneak Peek
The Inaugural Address ^ | 01-20-09 | The President

Posted on 01/02/2009 9:23:39 PM PST by ThreeYearLurker

Vice President Biden, Madame Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Bush, Vice President Cheney, President Clinton, President Carter, reverend clergy, fellow citizens, we observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom—symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning—signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago.

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe—the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans—born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage—and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty.

This much we pledge—and more.

To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do—for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.

To those new States whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny. We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. But we shall always hope to find them strongly supporting their own freedom—and to remember that, in the past, those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside.

To those peoples in the huts and villages across the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required—not because the Communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right. If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.

To our sister republics south of our border, we offer a special pledge—to convert our good words into good deeds—in a new alliance for progress—to assist free men and free governments in casting off the chains of poverty. But this peaceful revolution of hope cannot become the prey of hostile powers. Let all our neighbors know that we shall join with them to oppose aggression or subversion anywhere in the Americas. And let every other power know that this Hemisphere intends to remain the master of its own house.

To that world assembly of sovereign states, the United Nations, our last best hope in an age where the instruments of war have far outpaced the instruments of peace, we renew our pledge of support—to prevent it from becoming merely a forum for invective—to strengthen its shield of the new and the weak—and to enlarge the area in which its writ may run.

Finally, to those nations who would make themselves our adversary, we offer not a pledge but a request: that both sides begin anew the quest for peace, before the dark powers of destruction unleashed by science engulf all humanity in planned or accidental self-destruction.

We dare not tempt them with weakness. For only when our arms are sufficient beyond doubt can we be certain beyond doubt that they will never be employed.

But neither can two great and powerful groups of nations take comfort from our present course—both sides overburdened by the cost of modern weapons, both rightly alarmed by the steady spread of the deadly atom, yet both racing to alter that uncertain balance of terror that stays the hand of mankind's final war.

So let us begin anew—remembering on both sides that civility is not a sign of weakness, and sincerity is always subject to proof. Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.

Let both sides explore what problems unite us instead of belaboring those problems which divide us.

Let both sides, for the first time, formulate serious and precise proposals for the inspection and control of arms—and bring the absolute power to destroy other nations under the absolute control of all nations.

Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths, and encourage the arts and commerce.

Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the earth the command of Isaiah—to "undo the heavy burdens ... and to let the oppressed go free."

And if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let both sides join in creating a new endeavor, not a new balance of power, but a new world of law, where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved.

All this will not be finished in the first 100 days. Nor will it be finished in the first 1,000 days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.

In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe.

Now the trumpet summons us again—not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are—but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation"—a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself.

Can we forge against these enemies a grand and global alliance, North and South, East and West, that can assure a more fruitful life for all mankind? Will you join in that historic effort?

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility—I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.

Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own


TOPICS: Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: coronation; manchuriancandidate; obama; sppech
If Obama gave this speech, we would have a Scanners re-enactment, all of the liberals heads would explode, yet I have heard it all before?
1 posted on 01/02/2009 9:23:39 PM PST by ThreeYearLurker
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To: ThreeYearLurker

JFK’s ol’ chesnut. He could not get the Dem nomiation in this day and age.


2 posted on 01/02/2009 9:26:27 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: ThreeYearLurker

“...For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty...”

No, mortal man isn’t even CLOSE to having such power.


3 posted on 01/02/2009 9:27:36 PM PST by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified DeCartes))
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To: ThreeYearLurker

The theocratic politics of fear!!!


4 posted on 01/02/2009 9:30:57 PM PST by Roscoe Karns
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To: ThreeYearLurker

you must have edited out all the ums, uhs, and ahs...


5 posted on 01/02/2009 9:31:08 PM PST by bigbob
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To: bigbob

And the ubiquitous “y’o’” (apparently when he says this, he means “you know” - you know, like, the princess says all the time, but in clearer English).


6 posted on 01/02/2009 9:36:53 PM PST by ducdriver (99% of liberals give the other 1% a bad name.)
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To: ThreeYearLurker

It’s the very first Presidential Inaguration since mid-40’s that I will not be watching or listening to, sad to say. I know it may seem “ un-american” to some here, but I will not turn on the TV that day. I will however be praying for our nation.

Polly


7 posted on 01/02/2009 9:40:41 PM PST by pollywog (I will lift mine eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help. My help comes from the Lord...Ps 121)
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To: ThreeYearLurker

Sounds like a bad plagerism job of Kennedy’s speech..he lifts lines just like Biden..
If this is his speech, then we need to carefully read between the lines.


8 posted on 01/02/2009 9:46:57 PM PST by celtic gal
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To: ThreeYearLurker

9 posted on 01/02/2009 9:49:09 PM PST by Dallas59 (Not My President)
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To: Army Air Corps

“And before this decade closes we shall send a gay Native American proctologist to the moon.”


10 posted on 01/02/2009 9:53:45 PM PST by Roscoe Karns
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To: ThreeYearLurker
I was 9 years old when JFK gave this speech. I watched it with great interest, though I barely knew what I was watching, historically speaking.

JFK, though a Democrat, was a patriot of stature such that Obama isn't fit to shine his shoes.

(Oops, is that racist?)

"Mr. Obama, I was alive when Jack Kennedy was inaugurated, I watched Jack Kennedy lead this country, and I cried when he was assassinated.

"Mr. Obama, you are no Jack Kennedy."

11 posted on 01/02/2009 9:58:08 PM PST by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: celtic gal

http://www.historyplace.com/speeches/jfk-inaug.htm

Most of it is plagiarized from Kennedy’s Inaugral Speech of 20 Jan, 1961,..including the century and three quarters ago portion. Some has been omitted, but maybe this is farce.

BTW, the Kennedy line, ‘ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country’, is plagiarized from the Bible.


12 posted on 01/02/2009 9:59:40 PM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Roscoe Karns

Barney “Red Cloud” Frank?


13 posted on 01/02/2009 10:03:28 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: ThreeYearLurker

“We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution”

How would he know? LOL


14 posted on 01/02/2009 10:08:29 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: ThreeYearLurker

Anybody remember who wrote this for JFK?


15 posted on 01/02/2009 10:25:36 PM PST by upchuck (Get ready for 2009: Pray; Raise/conserve cash; Pay your debts; Pray; Stockpile; Buy ammo; Pray)
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To: Cvengr
‘ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country’

Axe not what your country can do for you, nor what you can for it, but how to get it off your back.".....budwiesest

16 posted on 01/02/2009 10:38:33 PM PST by budwiesest (Jan. 20th is right around the corner. Evening in America.)
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To: ThreeYearLurker

Bah-blah-blah


17 posted on 01/02/2009 10:41:24 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: pollywog

**I will not turn on the TV that day. I will however be praying for our nation.**

Me too. I can’t stand listening to him.


18 posted on 01/02/2009 10:43:18 PM PST by Salvation ( †With God all things are possible.†)
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To: Army Air Corps

Maybe- LOL


19 posted on 01/02/2009 10:44:20 PM PST by Roscoe Karns
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To: ThreeYearLurker
He forgot to add Obama saying;

“For my next trick I'll turn all of the human waste you millions have left in the DC streets and lawns into rose water and the mountains of trash into hundred dollar bills. See if I don't.”

20 posted on 01/02/2009 10:50:51 PM PST by Hillarys Gate Cult (The man who said "there's no such thing as a stupid question" has never talked to Helen Thomas.)
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To: ThreeYearLurker

What? Nothing in the speech about groping Hillary? Bummer.


21 posted on 01/02/2009 11:21:47 PM PST by Karma Police ((optional, printed after your name on post))
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To: ThreeYearLurker

I am impressed with one thing and that is that he mentions President Bush in the first sentence. That is as far as I got...


22 posted on 01/03/2009 12:22:27 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: ThreeYearLurker

“For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.”

NOT!! Only God has that power and he has pledged that he will not allow the abolishment of all human life.

1 Thessalonians 4:16,17

16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

17 then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.


23 posted on 01/03/2009 12:26:59 AM PST by taxesareforever (Quick justice for the senseless killing of Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield.)
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To: All
People really do get
the kind of government they want...
...and deserve.

"You asked for it,
you got it!
0-Merica..."

 

 

 

24 posted on 01/03/2009 12:39:08 AM PST by backhoe (All across America, the Lights are going out...)
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To: pollywog

I’m not watching it. I’m going to spend the next four to eight years doing my best to pretend we don’t have a president.


25 posted on 01/03/2009 12:52:25 AM PST by Rastus
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To: Cvengr
"BTW, the Kennedy line, ‘ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country’, is plagiarized from the Bible."

That's an interesting piece of trivia of which I was unaware. Could you please give me chapter and verse so I can read it in it's original form?

26 posted on 01/03/2009 1:38:50 AM PST by Mila
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To: Rastus
We won't have a president, Zero is an impostor. A Manchurian Candidate. A creation of a Saudi representative who fixed his admission to Harvard and of radical leftists who propelled his career (Ayers, Soros). No Law he signs will have authority and can be rejected out of hand and our Courts should be tied up for years unsnarling the mess. This is the intent, to sow chaos throughout the U.S.
27 posted on 01/03/2009 4:25:34 AM PST by wastoute
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To: wastoute

Been saying this since April. The masses have NO IDEA who they’ve elected. Pray for our country.


28 posted on 01/03/2009 5:02:55 AM PST by originalbuckeye
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To: pollywog

Just watch the Jimmy Carters Inaguration same BS nothing new democrats have been useing the same line for sixty years nothing changes.


29 posted on 01/03/2009 5:09:46 AM PST by Vaduz
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To: pollywog

I am not going to watch either. I have no desire to watch that fraud play president. Time to get back to those old projects and turn off the tv because for the next couple of months it’s going to be non stop obama messiah tv.


30 posted on 01/03/2009 5:37:35 AM PST by jersey117
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To: ThreeYearLurker
Get ready to go!


31 posted on 01/03/2009 5:52:36 AM PST by jws3sticks (Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytime, and the sooner the better!)
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To: ThreeYearLurker
To those peoples in the huts and villages across the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required....

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32 posted on 01/03/2009 6:14:53 AM PST by ladyvet (WOLVERINES!!!!!)
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To: Mila

I ran across this several years ago (decade?) in a Bible study. The original verse wasn’t the exact quote, but the semantic flow was the same. It had been twisted in Kennedy’s version by changing the object with ‘country’.

e.g. instead of “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”; it was something along the lines of “place your faith not in what you can sacrifice to God, but in what He has sacrificed for you” or “Rely not upon yourself, but upon what God provides for you.” Neither one of these are Scripture, but the association I remember had a similar semantic with a change in objects and action.

I was thinking it came out of Proverbs, but going back to find it, I’m not linking on the same phrase. I’ll go back through my studies and see if I can find it. I think I remember it from an .mp3 series of some 200+ lessons, so I might not run across it immediately.

What I found interesting was that there also is a trend amongst some worldly folks to take some portion of Scripture, alter the objects in the logic, employ the counterfeited phrase elsewhere in a great deal of worldly success, but ultimately building upon bad foundations which will later produce bad fruit.


33 posted on 01/03/2009 7:12:22 AM PST by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: ThreeYearLurker

Oh Spare me!!! (gagging)

I guess I missed the kool aid and tin foil cap somewhere along the way. Sheeze!


34 posted on 01/03/2009 9:46:29 AM PST by Paige ("All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing," Edmund Burke)
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To: ladyvet

Ol’ George. That is funny!


35 posted on 01/05/2009 11:54:37 AM PST by ThreeYearLurker
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To: Paige

The funny thing, is this is JFK’s speech.


36 posted on 01/05/2009 11:55:25 AM PST by ThreeYearLurker
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