Obama January 20th, 2009 recalls JFK January 20, 1961

Monday, November 17th, 2008

JFK inherited a Cold War. President-elect O’Bama inherits a chaotic world that in many ways is trying to realign itself after the end of this Cold War. I admire his inaugural speech, the best one of my own lifetime. Often wonder where we lost our goal of ‘not asking what our country can do for us..’ and hope that we will now re-orient ourselves accordingly.

“All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.”

“In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility–I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it–and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”

Entire address.