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The Inaugural Address, 2009: Together with Abraham Lincoln's First and Second Inaugural Addresses and The Gettysburg Address and Ralph Waldo Emerson's Self-Reliance Hardcover – Feb 4 2009

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The one book we need for our job ahead Feb. 5 2009
By C. Scanlon - Published on
Format: Hardcover
We must all, each and every American, thank Penguin for assembling this great collection of historic American essays and speeches, above all the charter our President has made with our people.

President Barack Hussein Obama pledges: "We remain a young nation, but in the words of Scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness."

Thusly does our President set the difficult path we must walk in order to survive and to serve.

In this volume we may study carefully the brilliant words of our President, words each true American takes to heart, simple words from a brilliant leader. We find cornerstone phrases from past American leaders, in particular the Gettysburg Address, an earnest and simple cry for peace spoken by President Abraham Lincoln in the very heart of horrible war. We find here as well President Lincoln's First and Second Inaugural Addresses.

Above all we may here once more, and with renewed urgency, meditate the great essay by early American Transcendentalist philosopher and preacher, Ralph Waldo Emerson on Self-Reliance, an early indication of the heart and the spirit of America we do very well to restore, in order to restore our nation along the plan outlined in President Obama's great Inaugural Address.

We are fortunate therefore to find gathered under one cover these quintessentially American addresses, a collection which must grace each American hearth for daily reflection in these coming days.

Read this book. Every home in America must have this one book. Certainly we can watch President Obama's First Inaugural Address on the Internet, probably even on youtube, but we cannot hold it in our heart and hands as we can this book, with family and friends and loved ones gathered about us. We must read this book; we must read it together, and we must work together for the fulfillment of this dream for our survival in hope. As our President puts it so very well:

"With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Reading Material and Keepsake April 24 2009
By Beatheia Jackson - Published on
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This is a great book and it has become a part of my library. This book will always be christened and one in which I will not loan to anyone. I will save this book for my grandchildren and great grandchildren.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Barak Obama's Inaugural address etc April 15 2009
By Charlotte A. Bender - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
It is a wonderful keepsake to have for future generations. Small and compact. I am very satisfield with it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Kindle Edition is not the same as the Print version Dec 2 2011
By Yonteia - Published on
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The Kindle Edition of this text only contains President Obama's speech and not President Lincolns. This is not clear if you selected 'Kindle Edition' from the print version.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
History in the making Feb. 14 2009
By mackenzie jones - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This little book is a great way to remember this historical election. After enjoying it myself, I will put it away for my grandchildren.