Saturday, January 22, 2005

Lessons from 216 years of history online: "The 54 inaugurations prior to this one share a lot in common, as outlined by … Ted Widmer in 'So Help Me God,' a delightful article in the Winter 2005 issue of the American Scholar. Widmer distills the typical inaugural address to 10 bullet points:"
  1. I am not worthy of this great honor.
  2. But I congratulate the people that they elected me.
  3. Now we must all come together, even those of us who really hate each other.
  4. I love the Constitution, the Union, and George Washington.
  5. I will work against bad threats.
  6. I will work for good things.
  7. We must avoid entangling alliances.
  8. America's strength=democracy.
  9. Democracy's strength=America.
  10. Thanks, God.

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