Sunday, February 21, 2010

Presidential Addresses, Part 2 - Random Trivia Answers

  • A1) Richard Nixon (January 20, 1973). Only a year and a half later, Tricky Dick would take responsibility for his actions and resign from office.
  • A2) John F. Kennedy (January 20, 1961). His request continued, "My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man" and ended, "Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on Earth God's work must truly be our own."
  • A3) Dwight Eisenhower (January 20, 1953). In his second inaugural address, he broached the same theme, requesting, "May we pursue the right - without self-righteousness."
  • A4) Franklin D. Roosevelt (January 20, 1941). It wouldn't be until the end of the year, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, that the U.S. would finally enter World War II.
  • A5) Ronald Reagan (January 20, 1981). During Reagan's two tenures, the national debt would rise by the highest rate in recent history.
  • A6) Lyndon Johnson (January 20, 1965). Johnson's single term would see the passing of the National Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, and the Civil Rights Act of 1968.
  • A7) Ronald Reagan (January 20, 1981). Four years later the Gipper would say, "There are those in the world who scorn our vision of human dignity and freedom. One nation, the Soviet Union, has conducted the greatest military buildup in the history of man, building arsenals of awesome offensive weapons."
  • A8) Barack Obama (January 20, 2009). His father, Barack Obama, Sr., was born in Kenya when it was still a colony of Great Britain.
  • A9) Bill Clinton (January 20, 1993). During his second inauguration, Clinton philosophically waxed, "The greatest progress we have made, and the greatest progress we have yet to make, is in the human heart. In the end, all the world's wealth and a thousand armies are no match for the strength and decency of the human spirit."
  • A10) George W. Bush (January 20, 2001). The younger Bush repeated the theme his second time around, saying, "In America's ideal of freedom, the public interest depends on private character - on integrity, and tolerance toward others, and the rule of conscience in our own lives. Self-government relies, in the end, on the governing of the self. That edifice of character is built in families, supported by communities with standards, and sustained in our national life by the truths of Sinai, the Sermon on the Mount, the words of the Koran, and the varied faiths of our people. Americans move forward in every generation by reaffirming all that is good and true that came before - ideals of justice and conduct that are the same yesterday, today, and forever."
  • A11) Barack Obama (January 20, 2009). Although his father was "raised a Muslim" but a "confirmed atheist", our 44th President is a Christian.
  • A12) John F. Kennedy (January 20, 1961). He proceeded to pledge loyalty to our allies, help to new countries to remain free, and our best efforts to help those "struggling to break the bonds of mass misery".

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