Tuesday, January 20, 2009

My Favorite Part of the Speech

"For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter's courage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent's willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate."

That was my favorite part of the speech.

8 comments:

Going Crunchy said...

Lovin it. And I know that you are on the other side of the political fence for many issues.....so it is especially hopeful to see that there are moments that you see that bring us all together.

Donna said...

It was good, wasn't it. I'm hoping to hear a rebroadcast since I missed parts when my son interruped multiple times with "We're done, now, Mommy!"

Joyce said...

Shannon- I thought it was a great speech, and so did my husband. Obviously, there ware some things he wants to do that I disagree with, but that's true with almost all presidents, isn't it?

Donna-I didn't get to hear it live because I was in a staff meeting at church. I found the text online, then they replayed it on NPR around supper time and I finally got to hear it. I also saw Rick Warren on youtube. I thought his prayer was great!

Rose said...

Joyce, There were so many parts of the speech I loved; I posted some different lines. One of the things that impressed me as I watched TV yesterday was a poll that stated how many people feel optimistic about the new Presidency, even people who voted against Obama. If he can pull us all together, he will be a great President.

I like the lines you chose, too, because of the emphasis on individual responsibility--one man cannot change this country or the world himself.

Joyce said...

Rose, here's what was getting me: I remeber when I was eight, we were travelling through the South, and when we stopped in a little town to eat at a diner, we were about to walk in when Dad saw a sign on the door: "Whites Only". He turned us right around and made his hungry kids get back in the car, because he thought that was so wrong. So, to me, this was about how far we have come in race relations in my lifetime. It's a good thing.

Robin said...

Joyce, you might want to also check out the sermon from today's National Prayer Service. I caught most of it and thought it was very well done and quite inspiring.

Green Resolutions said...

The speech was so inspiring. I didn't hear the very beginning, but I did hear the part you quoted, and I was crying.

I love the story about your father.

Green Bean said...

My favorite part of the speech too!!