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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:48 AM

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."

PRESIDENT OBAMA

Will it be one of those famous quotes we hear in sound bites from this point forward?

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Reply Will this quote stand the test of time? (Original post)
liberal N proud Jan 2013 OP
Berlum Jan 2013 #1
quinnox Jan 2013 #2
tridim Jan 2013 #6
quinnox Jan 2013 #10
aristocles Jan 2013 #3
Brickbat Jan 2013 #4
pampango Jan 2013 #5
Tommy_Carcetti Jan 2013 #9
Egalitarian Thug Jan 2013 #7
RC Jan 2013 #8

Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:51 AM

1. Made for this moment in this thread

(by someone out there on the Intertubes - aha, it's the Barack Obama page on Facebook)

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 06:51 AM

2. no, I don't think so

 

It is a good line, but hall of fame material? I don't see it.

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Response to quinnox (Reply #2)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 08:39 AM

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.

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Response to tridim (Reply #6)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 10:00 AM

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.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:11 AM

3. No n/t

 

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:13 AM

4. I don't think so.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 07:26 AM

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.

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Response to pampango (Reply #5)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:52 AM

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.

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:24 AM

7. It could if he were pushing for policies to make it happen, unfortunately he doesn't. n/t

 

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Response to liberal N proud (Original post)

Tue Jan 22, 2013, 09:36 AM

8. Did Obama write it, or did his speech writer?

 

To me, it sounds like his speech writer wrote it.

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