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