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MoseyWalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-13-06 08:27 PM
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Newly Elected President Jimmy Carter's Inauguration Speech
January 20, 1977:
Read the entirety here:

http://www.famousquotes.me.uk/speeches/presidential-spe...

Two centuries ago our Nation's birth was a milestone in the long quest for freedom, but the bold and brilliant dream which excited the founders of this Nation still awaits its consummation. I have no new dream to set forth today, but rather urge a fresh faith in the old dream.

Ours was the first society openly to define itself in terms of both spirituality and of human liberty. It is that unique self-definition which has given us an exceptional appeal, but it also imposes on us a special obligation, to take on those moral duties which, when assumed, seem invariably to be in our own best interests.

You have given me a great responsibility--to stay close to you, to be worthy of you, and to exemplify what you are. Let us create together a new national spirit of unity and trust. Your strength can compensate for my weakness, and your wisdom can help to minimize my mistakes.

Let us learn together and laugh together and work together and pray together, confident that in the end we will triumph together in the right.

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El Supremo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-13-06 08:31 PM
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1. Hey! That was pre-9/11 thinking.
And pre-killer rabbit.

:sarcasm:
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riverwalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-13-06 08:40 PM
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2. making me cry
It was it so long ago, when we could believe. :cry:
More from his speech:

"Our Nation can be strong abroad only if it is strong at home. And we know that the best way to enhance freedom in other lands is to demonstrate here that our democratic system is worthy of emulation.
To be true to ourselves, we must be true to others. We will not behave in foreign places so as to violate our rules and standards here at home, for we know that the trust which our Nation earns is essential to our strength."

"....and that we had enabled our people to be proud of their own Government once again.
I would hope that the nations of the world might say that we had built a lasting peace, built not on weapons of war but on international policies which reflect our own most precious values. "

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