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with faith we can overcome our fears.

with understanding we can pave a way.

with strength we can reach new heights.

with open eyes we can see the outline of what can be.

with unyielding determination we can do the impossible.


Together…there is no limit to what we can do.

It is time for America and Americans to come together.  Because our wonderful new president, Barack Obama, can’t do it all alone.  

Our government is our responsibility as citizens of our great country and of the world.  

We must never let another take away the power of the people again.


I have had tears of happiness in my eyes on and off all day.  As I walked outside to take my children to their bus stop, I walked with my head up.  

I am proud.  

I am happy.

I have hope beyond hope. 

I am free.


The Gettysburg Address is a speech made by my favorite US president, President Abraham Lincoln.  I think it is fitting for today.  

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

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  • evolving November 5, 2008, 5:36 pm

    So well put! I finally feel like I can be proud (instead of nervous) to say that I am an American living here in France. I feel like we have really overcome something; I know the battle has just begun, but it’s such a good start!!

  • sissi November 5, 2008, 8:34 pm

    Great post! it gave me goose bumps!
    proud here as well, I know my husband won’t be embarrassed anymore to tell people he’s American!

  • Julie November 6, 2008, 3:39 am

    Well, I’m glad it’s all over. We all want the best for our country. And that’s definitely a good start.

  • Pumpkin November 6, 2008, 4:20 pm

    It is so amazing the reaction I am getting from the people in our village. Everyone is happy and people that have never approched me before beyond a Bonjour are coming up to me to talk about this historic event.

  • might i add...? November 7, 2008, 3:09 am

    That was beautiful, Pumpkin! And yes, I feel so proud to be an American right now.

  • SwissGuy November 7, 2008, 10:24 pm

    Amen sister.

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