Two days ago, Barack Obama was sworn in as President of The United States, twice in fact. Throughout his campaign, I heard echoes of John F. Kennedy. And I hope our country will respond. What I sensed during the last eight years was very much the opposite. A people who are more quick to criticize a President who has made mistakes than to do something themselves to make this nation and the world a better place. I'm tired of talkers and criticizers who stand on the sidelines and do nothing. Your words are useless to me. I hope we can, instead, embrace one of the truest sentiments I've ever heard - spoken 48 years ago, and revisited 48 hours ago.

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

"What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task."


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