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bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and cooperation he has shown throughout this transition. orty!four "mericans have now taken the presidential oath. #he words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. $et, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. "t these moments, "merica has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because %e the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents. &o it has been. &o it must be with this generation of "mericans. #hat we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. 'ur nation is at war, against a far!reaching network of violence and hatred. 'ur economy is badly weakened, a conse(uence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. )omes have been lost* +obs shed* businesses shuttered. 'ur health care is too costly* our schools fail too many* and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet. #hese are the indicators of crisis, sub+ect to data and statistics. ,ess measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land ! a nagging fear that "merica-s decline is inevitable, and that the ne.t generation must lower its sights. #oday I say to you that the challenges we face are real. #hey are serious and they are many. #hey will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, "merica ! they will be met. 'n this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord. 'n 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. %e remain a young nation, but in the words of &cripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. #he time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit* to choose
we must pick ourselves up. #his is the +ourney we continue today. and we will act ! not only to create new +obs. "ll this we can do. #he state of the economy calls for action. there is work to be done. In reaffirming the greatness of our nation. 'ur +ourney has never been one of short!cuts or settling for less. they toiled in sweatshops and settled the %est* endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth. passed on from generation to generation: the /od!given promise that all are e(ual. But our time of standing pat. 0ather. in places like 1oncord and /ettysburg* 2ormandy and 3he &ahn. %e remain the most prosperous. powerful nation on 4arth. they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life. they fought and died. the doers. or us. it has been the risk!takers. &tarting today. our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness. that noble idea. who have carried us up the long. It must be earned. %e will build the roads and bridges. %e will restore science to its rightful place. "nd we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. rugged path towards prosperity and freedom. of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions ! that time has surely passed. or us. 'ur minds are no less inventive. #hey saw "merica as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions* greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction. bold and swift. or us. the makers of things ! some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labor. the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. dust ourselves off. 'ur workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. and begin again the work of remaking "merica. and wield technology-s wonders to raise health care-s (uality and lower its cost. but to lay a new foundation for growth. 'ur capacity remains undiminished. we understand that greatness is never a given. all are free. or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. %e will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. "nd all this we .our better history* to carry forward that precious gift. #ime and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. or everywhere we look. It has not been the path for the faint!hearted ! for those who prefer leisure over work.
a charter e. they knew that our power grows through its prudent use* our security emanates from the +ustness of our cause. #hose ideals still light the world. but on the reach of our prosperity* on the ability to e. the tempering (ualities of humility and restraint. and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity. the force of our e. we intend to move forward.pand freedom is unmatched. but with the sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. there are some who (uestion the scale of our ambitions ! who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. and we are ready to lead once more. faced with perils we can scarcely imagine. woman. "s for our common defense. and necessity to courage. %here the answer is no. programs will end. 2or is the (uestion before us whether the market is a force for good or ill.panded by the blood of generations. drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man. %here the answer is yes. reform bad habits. %hat 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.pedience-s sake. and do our business in the light of day ! because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government. "nd those of us who manage the public-s dollars will be held to account ! to spend wisely. but whether it works ! whether it helps families find +obs at a decent wage. or they have forgotten what this country has already done* what free men and women can achieve when imagination is +oined to common purpose.will do.ample. 'ur ounding athers. we re+ect as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. a retirement that is dignified. /uided by these principles once more. %e are the keepers of this legacy. 2ow. #hey understood that our power alone cannot protect us. from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that "merica is a friend of each nation and every man. Its power to generate wealth and e. #he success of our economy has always depended not +ust on the size of our /ross 5omestic Product. nor does it entitle us to do as we please. but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye. and we will not give them up for e.tend opportunity to every willing heart ! not out of charity. the market can spin out of control ! and that a nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous. we can . 0ecall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not +ust with missiles and tanks. "nd so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today. #heir memories are short. but because it is the surest route to our common good. care they can afford. #he (uestion we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small. Instead.
we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow* to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. %e will begin to responsibly leave Ira( to its people. at this moment ! a moment that will define a generation ! it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all. patrol far!off deserts and distant mountains. . or we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength. %e honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty. we seek a new way forward. #o those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent. and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents.tend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist. and we must change with it. not a weakness. %e will not apologize for our way of life. we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass* that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve* that as the world grows smaller. or the world has changed. "s we consider the road that unfolds before us. but because they embody the spirit of service* a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders* nor can we consume the world-s resources without regard to effect. and forge a hard!earned peace in "fghanistan. drawn from every end of this 4arth* and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation. not what you destroy. based on mutual interest and mutual respect. know that you are on the wrong side of history* but that we will e. we remember with humble gratitude those brave "mericans who. #o the Muslim world. and roll back the specter of a warming planet. we6ll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat. #o those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict. #hey have something to tell us. %e are a nation of 1hristians and Muslims. and we will defeat you. nor will we waver in its defense. #o the people of poor nations. our common humanity shall reveal itself* and that "merica must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace. and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united. 7ews and )indus ! and non!believers. +ust as the fallen heroes who lie in "rlington whisper through the ages. "nd to those nations like ours that en+oy relative plenty. we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken* you cannot outlast us. at this very hour.meet those new threats that demand even greater effort ! even greater cooperation and understanding between nations. "nd yet. %e are shaped by every language and culture. %ith old friends and former foes. or blame their society-s ills on the %est ! know that your people will +udge you on what you can build.
on the part of every "merican. duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly. %hat is demanded then is a return to these truths. In the face of our common dangers.ty years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath. %hat is re(uired of us now is a new era of responsibility ! a recognition. &o let us mark this day with remembrance. let us brave once more the icy currents. in this winter of our hardship.that in the depth of winter... #he enemy was advancing. But those values upon which our success depends ! honesty and hard work. #hey have been the (uiet force of progress throughout our history. when nothing but hope and virtue could survive. a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. "t a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt. #he instruments with which we meet them may be new.. %ith hope and virtue. tolerance and curiosity.or as much as government can do and must do.8 "merica. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break. so defining of our character. #his is the source of our confidence ! the knowledge that /od calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny. the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their +ob which sees us through our darkest hours. In the year of "merica-s birth. . and endure what storms may come. the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people: 8. it is ultimately the faith and determination of the "merican people upon which this nation relies. #he snow was stained with blood. let us remember these timeless words. firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit. but also a parent-s willingness to nurture a child. #his is the price and the promise of citizenship. and why a man whose father less than si. our nation.. of who we are and how far we have traveled. loyalty and patriotism ! these things are old. that finally decides our fate. It is the firefighter-s courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke. alarmed at one common danger. courage and fair play.that the city and the country. #hese things are true. 'ur challenges may be new. that we have duties to ourselves. came forth to meet 9it:.et it be said by our children-s . than giving our all to a difficult task. in the coldest of months.et it be told to the future world. and the world. #his is the meaning of our liberty and our creed ! why men and women and children of every race and every faith can +oin in celebration across this magnificent mall. #he capital was abandoned.
nited &tates of "merica. . that we did not turn back nor did we falter* and with eyes fi.children that when we were tested we refused to let this +ourney end.ed on the horizon and /od-s grace upon us. /od bless you and /od bless the . #hank you. we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.
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