January 16th, 2009
06:49 PM ET

So help me God

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Ted Widmer
The American Scholar

The kabuki of the typical inaugural can be broken down into specific set pieces; the thoughts arranged in a comforting sequence that would have been instantly familiar one hundred, even two hundred, years ago.

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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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Karen Bradshaw

    I, too, have watched CNN all evening in anticipation of Monday's and Tuesday's events. Today's pictures, sights and sounds were awesome!

    January 19, 2009 at 12:05 am |
  2. KAREN

    Im so happy to fineley seeing BUSH and his people out of office,2 more days,the Bush teem is leaveing behind a liveing hell that they say there proud of all there lies ,starting a war just to get SADEM OUT OF POWER,who hade nothing to do with 911 they should all be tryed for war crimses i think .

    January 17, 2009 at 11:23 am |