Obama's Crucial Challenge: The Inaugural Address

I am looking forward to hearing what our next president, Barack Obama, will say in his inaugural address.  The real test - the ultimate question - is whether Mr. Obama will be able to rise to the level that circumstances demand and transcend the pervasive cynicism of a populace longing for an end to partisan bickering and hopeful for a leader who will, indeed, make us "one nation under God."  Abraham Lincoln, still the model for great American political oratory, was a master at crafting remarks perfectly fitting the occasion with exactly the right phrase to express an idea or emotion. In his first inaugural address, Lincoln put words to the nation's longing for a new day after deeply held convictions divided the nation into hostile factions.  He said, "The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched,...(Read Full Article)

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