What is required of us now a

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 price and the promise of citizenship.  This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.  ~Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, 2009 Jan 20, Washington, D.C.

We cant afford to be so worried

We can’t afford to be so worried about losing the next election that we lose the battles we owe to the next generation.  The real gamble in this election is playing the same Washington game with the same Washington players and expecting a different result.  And that’s a risk we can’t take.  ~Barack Obama, 2007 Dec 27, Des Moines, Iowa