...we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord."
Words from President Barack Obama's Inauguration speech, which just aired. Regardless of how well a speech is written, it takes a certain kind of person to deliver it effectively and Obama truly has this gift.
The entire speech is available here, thanks to the BBC News, where I found it immediately afterward. Strangely, I haven't seen it posted at any of the American news sites just yet.
"In the face of our common dangers, in this winter of our hardship, let us remember these timeless words. With hope and virtue, let us brave once more the icy currents, and endure what storms may come. Let it be said by our children's children that when we were tested we refused to let this journey end, that we did not turn back nor did we falter; and with eyes fixed on the horizon and God's grace upon us, we carried forth that great gift of freedom and delivered it safely to future generations."
Also of note, The Guardian has an interesting side story about Obama's speech writer, Jon Favreau, not that one. Pretty cool that a guy younger than me is writing speeches for the President and doing such a great job of it.