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reflecting on ESL/EFL and its relation to faith

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Obama Quotes

I was talking to a friend the other day about how empowered I felt after
hearing Obama's Inauguration Speech. He said, "Yeah, it's like you can
feel proud to be an American again."

That said, I'm gonna use some Obama quotes in my upper level elective
high school classes. He uses some great parallelism and contrasts. I'm
gonna weed out the longer more vague ones, but here the rough list.

My top 20 Obama quotes (+8):


Our health care is too costly, our schools fail too many, and each
day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen
our adversaries and threaten our planet.


Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real, they are
serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a
short span of time. But know this America: They will be met.


On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear,
unity of purpose over conflict and discord.


We understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned.
Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less.


It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those who
prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and


It has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things --
some celebrated, but more often men and women obscure in their
labor -- who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards
prosperity and freedom.


They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual
ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or


Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and
begin again the work of remaking America.


And we will act not only to create new jobs but to lay a new
foundation for growth.


We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our
cars and run our factories.


All this we can do. All this we will do.


The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big
or too small, but whether it works, whether it helps families find
jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is


Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the
answer is no, programs will end.


To spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the
light of day, because only then can we restore the vital trust
between a people and their government.


Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for
good or ill.


The nation cannot prosper long when it favors only the prosperous.


As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between
our safety and our ideals.


Know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman
and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and we are
ready to lead once more.


Earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with
missiles and tanks, but with the sturdy alliances and enduring
convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect
us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew
that our power grows through its prudent use.


With old friends and former foes, we'll work tirelessly to lessen
the nuclear threat and roll back the specter of a warming planet.


For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness.


Know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not
what you destroy.


We will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.


To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to
make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish
starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like
ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford
indifference to the suffering outside our borders, nor can we
consume the world's resources without regard to effect. For the
world has changed, and we must change with it.


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.


Our challenges may be new, the instruments with which we meet them
may be new, but those values upon which our success depends,
honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and
curiosity, loyalty and patriotism -- these things are old.


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.


This is the source of our confidence: the knowledge that God calls
on us to shape an uncertain destiny.


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