1/21/2009

Extracts of Obama's speech

Below are extracts of Obama's inauguration which may be spoken by another great leader who will lead us forward to a better tomorrow. ....On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics. We remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness. In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted — for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. 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.... 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.... What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them — that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply. The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works — whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programs will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account — to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day — because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.... As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake.... To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist....

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow, you've jumped onto the Obama bandwagon redbean!

Anonymous said...

When fairy tales end and reality begins, that's what will bring out the real measure of the man.

Lost Citizen

redbean said...

he is the new saviour. and he is going to be our role model. but his may pose a problem as his way of doing things and values are different from bush.

Matilah_Singapura said...

Meanwhile, across the Atlantic...

Tonight I celebrate. There is nothing sweeter than the failure of a socialist (fascist) government, and the shame of the architect who wrecked the economy.

Fools, Britannia!

Anonymous said...

hope that he can unite the World.
get rid of greed too.
n be fair to all.
live n let live,,,,peace for once !
dog don't eat dog world ?
YES, we / you CAN....KITA BOLEH ?.

Pirate

Anonymous said...

Words are cheap. Let's see what he can achieve one year down the road. Speeches are nice to hear. When the party is over, reality comes after the hangover.

redbean said...

the real difference between our leaders and the american leaders is that ours work and theirs talk. ours are pragmatic leaders that deliver but theirs are inspirational and don't deliver.

that is why they are rewarded differently.

Anonymous said...

Aiyoh, you cannot compare mere mortals with our gods and demi-gods, ok.

redbean said...

oh, sori. i am being disrespectful.

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