Answers to inaugural address column


Last Sunday I wrote a column that featured the idea that there remains much common ground in America, for both the left and right. To make the point, I printed 10 quotes from 10 different inaugural addresses and told readers they probably won't be able to guess which ones were delivered by Republicans or Democrats, much less which exact president delivered which.

Many people apparently tried and several people subsequently asked for the key. So, here it is.

• "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both." -- Dwight Eisenhower

• "There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America." -- Bill Clinton

• "We cannot hope only to leave our children a bigger car, a bigger bank account. We must hope to give them a sense of what it means to be a loyal friend, a loving parent, a citizen who leaves his home, his neighborhood and town better than he found it." -- George Herbert Walker Bush

• "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." Barack Obama

• "They came here - the exile and the stranger, brave but frightened - to find a place where a man could be his own man. They made a covenant with this land. Conceived in justice, written in liberty, bound in union, it was meant one day to inspire the hopes of all mankind. And it binds us still. If we keep its terms we shall flourish." -- LBJ

• It is the American story - a story of flawed and fallible people, united across the generations by grand and enduring ideals. The grandest of these ideas is an unfolding American promise that everyone belongs, that everyone deserves a chance, that no insignificant person was ever born." -- George W. Bush

• "This administration's objective will be a healthy, vigorous, growing economy that provides equal opportunity for all Americans, with no barriers born of bigotry or discrimination." -- Ronald Reagan

• "We will be ever vigilant and never vulnerable, and we will fight our wars against poverty, ignorance, and injustice - for those are the enemies against which our forces can be honorably marshaled." -- Jimmy Carter

• "Let us take as our goal: where peace is unknown, make it welcome; where peace is fragile, make it strong; where peace is temporary, make it permanent." -- Richard Nixon

• "The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe - the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God." -- JFK