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Words of Hope and Inspiration: Service

I still have a warm fuzzy feeling from watching Obama’s Inauguration speech this morning. Thank goodness we now have a leader who can move the people to their better natures — that’s what it will take to get through difficult times ahead and heal the wounds from the last eight years. President Obama has already started this appeal with his call to a “day of service” on MLK day.

Here’s an example that expands the idea of service from his speech:

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We 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 yet, at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

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.

It is the spirit of service that hauled us out of the Great Depression, and it will be our greatest strength now as well.

Is there a part of Obama’s speech that resonated particularly well with you? Tell us about it.

(You can read the full text of Obama’s Inauguration speech here. And be sure to check out the A-J’s inauguration blog, which features a tag cloud of Obama’s speech.)


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