Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Preselebrity Responsibility

This speech was lovely, direct, bold, and poetic. I was really surprised to hear the critics "poo poo" Obama's Inaugural immediately following the ceremony's live broadcast. Critics must get extra bonus points when their buttocks twitch and their eyebrows etch darkly downward.

However one's political inclination stands, what a landmark day it was! These are exponential times. :) Yikes. Woohoo!

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(Here's one of my favorite parts-- Throw me a hammer, baby, let's hit it! Remaking America. Talk about inspired. Credit also to Jon Favreau and Obama's writing team.)

Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things -- some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their labor -- who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life. For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West, endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died in places Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions -- that time has surely passed.

Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

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