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Obama Inaugural Address

By Remy Benoit

From MSNBC 'Time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit'.

As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our Founding Fathers, faced with perils we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience's sake. And so to all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: 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.

Our response to, our support of, these words will make, or break, who we are. It is always all in the choices we make. Welcome to the new White House.

From The Washington Monthly What Obama Should Read Twenty-five books the new president should have by his bedside.

There are some very interesting, very caring people on the board of this group, including Rocky Anderson, former Salt Lake City Mayor, Elie Weisel who was rescued from a concentration camp, and one who I am pretty sure was a high school classmate of mine. High Road for Human Rights. As Rabbi Hillel once said, 'If not now when? If not by me, by whom?'

From Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation Tone and Challenge in the Obama Era.

At The Nation from Peter Rothberg Pete Seeger for the Nobel.

From Robert Parry at Consortium News Historical Mystery of Bush's Presidency.

May God Bless Us All.

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