Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:48 AM
liberal N proud (47,504 posts)
Will this quote stand the test of time?
"My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it - so long as we seize it together. For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it."
Will it be one of those famous quotes we hear in sound bites from this point forward?
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Will this quote stand the test of time? (Original post)
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Response to quinnox (Reply #2)
Tue Jan 22, 2013, 08:39 AM
tridim (43,750 posts)
6. It would have been had he delivered it before 24/7 media and the Internet
It's almost impossible to cement a famous quote these days. It's kind of a shame.
That said, I believe this quote is equally important as Kennedy's "Ask Not" speech.
Response to tridim (Reply #6)
Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:00 AM
quinnox (20,600 posts)
10. huh, we all have different reactions
but no, I don't see anything special about that quote.
And in reference to JFK famous quote, I know that is very memorable. But as to what it actually means, I don't like that either, in that to me it is appealing to patriotism and authoritarianism. Honestly, politicians in general really don't say profound or meaningful things by and large, in my opinion.
Response to liberal N proud (Original post)
Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:26 AM
pampango (17,055 posts)
5. It's a great quote focusing on "we are all in this together" rather than pitting 'us' vs 'them'.
Maybe it's because it so recent but it does not seem to have the ring that will endure forever. Of course, some famous quotes from FDR, JFK, Lincoln and many others may not have been instantly appreciated but increased in popularity as time went on.
Response to pampango (Reply #5)
Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:52 AM
Tommy_Carcetti (20,517 posts)
9. Lincoln thought the Gettysburg Address was a failure after he gave it.
So yeah, these things do take time.
I was always impressed by Clinton's "There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be fixed by what is right with America" quote from his 1st Innaugural, but truth be told, that quote didn't stand out when I first heard the address live.