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