President Obama’s Glorious Burden

This is, by far, the most stirring thing I’ve read from President Obama’s first day in office:

On this Inauguration Day, we are reminded that we are heirs to over two centuries of American democracy, and that this legacy is not simply a birthright — it is a glorious burden. Now it falls to us to come together as a people to carry it forward once more.  (from A National Day of Reconciliation and Renewal, 2009)

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3 thoughts on “President Obama’s Glorious Burden

    • Our Republican form of government–“of the people, by the people, for the people” (Lincoln)–is a burden for all of us. Though I did not vote for him and am by no means a liberal or Democrat, I shall wait to see how the future plays out before casting judgment on our new President. If the naysayers are correct about their predictions of things to come, the fault lies not only at the feet of President Obama, but at the feet of those who placed him into office.

      The burden is ours. The responsibility is ours. Our government is largely a mess, not because of the ‘system,’ which is genius, but because of those who we the people have placed into office.

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