Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"...when nothing but Hope and Virtue could survive..."

My favorite words from today's historic inauguration speech...

"So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America's birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

"Let it be told to the future world…that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive…that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it]."


America. In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations." ~President Barack Obama, January 20, 2008

What beautiful words. What a wonderful, blessed day. To HOPE!

9 comments:

Caroline said...

It was a wonderful speech, wasn't it? It gives everyone hope about the future.

sprogblogger said...

Yeah, despite the stock market reaction, today was a very very good day.

Lisa said...

Yes we can!

Whitney said...

I was glued to the TV all day today - good thing I work from home! I wanted to let you know I made the recipe from your last post this weekend - it was so good! Thanks.

Jill said...

He is definitely a gifted speaker. Hope he brings lots of GOOD change to our country. :-)

Lost in Space said...

Such a great day for our country!!

bunny said...

and journey on we will, filled with hope. a great day, a great speech, for all of us!

Clio said...

such a beautiful speech. I was crying the whole time. I'm so proud to have chosen the United States as my home. :)

mylifechronicles said...

Wonderful indeed! Here's to HOPE!