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A Wonderland

Earlier this month I spent some time in Colorado visiting friends, cooking,  and hanging out by a fire.  At the view at 7-9k feet is exhilarating and simply wonderful.

It is always hard when I return to the East Coast and put nose back to grindstone. I bought a friend tickets to the show Ann at the Kennedy Center for a Christmas gift.  The seats were great and although I didn’t think I’d enjoy a one-woman show about Governor Ann Richards, I did.  In fact I loved it.  The show will run until the middle of January so if you’re in DC try to make it.  You won’t be sorry.

I am hoping to get some time in visiting some museums during the weekend there are some amazing art shows in DC.   There is also the Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt Show at the National Museum of Natural History.  While you’re there peek at the Evolving Universe, hit the Hope Diamond and commune with the dinosaurs.

I am still trying to finish up a lace shawl which is a gift for a dear friend.  Once that is finished and blocked (and two other items are blocked) the final gifts will have been given and the  holidays will be over.

Be safe this weekend.

Three Rivers

The View From Mount Washington

The View From Mount Washington

I was in Pittsburgh with friends this weekend.  They were kind enough to invite me to several of the Netroots Nations venues.

On Saturday, I attended two exciting events.  MoveOn.org sponsored and event with artist Shepard Fairey.  Shepard had two versions of his newest print supporting clean energy Power Up Windmill.  You can also download a free pdf of this image as well at the website.

Power Up Windmill, by Shepard Fairey

Power Up Windmill, by Shepard Fairey

Shepard is a great guy who is very approachable.  I was able to talk to him for a few minutes when the party first opened.  After signing posters for about 40 minutes, he got up on the stage with Ilsye Hogue MoveOn.org political advocate and communications director who introduced Shepard.

When he addressed the crowd he spoke briefly and urged us to get into action promoting clean energy.  He talked about how he used his art to promote causes and issues that were important.  He encouraged us to use  to make our talent and art to further the issues we as believe in.

Afterward we headed to the Pirates new stadium at the PNC Park.  Campaign for America’s Future (CAF) and the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) who hosted a night on the field.  I had a blast and got to hit some balls with one of Jose Bautista’s practice bats.  Later we goofed around and took pictures in the dugout.  I can remember being a little girl at the games (at Three Rivers Stadium) and hanging out near the dugout pleading for autographs.  So last night was a dream come true.

Artist Richard Notkin

Richard Notkin

Richard Notkin

Artist Richard Notkin recently lectured at the Renwick Gallery (part of the Smithsonian family of museums) on the role of the Artist in Society. He asked us what is the ultimate purpose of art and can the human species live on in a world with out it? Richard cited the Lascaux Cave paintings, early Greek art and architecture as examples of our need to have art and beauty around us.

He believes the artist serves as both a visual and social link, that the best work of an artist ‘stimulates those who view it to ask questions’. Notkin has chosen to embrace the role of an artist as a social critic, that he celebrates new ground and quoted Andre Malraux saying, “All art is a revolt against man’s fate.

All Nations Have Their Moment of Foolishness, by Richard Notkin

All Nations Have Their Moment of Foolishness, by Richard Notkin

Notkin made it clear throughout his lecture that for him the word artist was a broad term, encompassing painters, sculptors, ceramicist as well as musicians, vocalists and composers from different eras.  Notkin cited that for his generation, Dylan’s ‘Blowing in the Wind’ served as an anthem; a call which spurred them action. His need to protest the war and destruction in Viet Nam was a direct result of Dylan’s song.

A protest against war and destruction is a central theme in Notkin’s work. While discussing nuclear weapons he states that nations continuing to seek them, add them to the ranks of the axis of evil. He then asked, “Do we sleep more soundly at night knowing we can incinerate the families of our enemies many times over?” His work has borrowed from Michelangelo (Pieta). One of the themes that he referenced several times in several series was Goya’s revolution etchings along with Picasso’s greatest work Guernica that these works were protests against war.

Detail from All Nations Have Their Moment of Foolishness

Detail from All Nations Have Their Moment of Foolishness

He stated that he has no messianic beliefs about himself, rather he views his work as something similar to the artisan working on a cathedral. The artisan/craftsmen know that their work will not be completed during their lifetime, yet they labor proudly, content to be part of a larger purpose. When he said this I thought about the time I wandered around marveling at the still incomplete Sagrada Familia designed by Gaudi. This cathedral has been under construction since 1882 and still isn’t completed. In this age of instant everything-it’s hard to understand or accept that your role of a social commentator may be to only be that small stone in a larger movement/avalanche.

Creation and Destruction. Notkin returned repeatedly throughout the lecture to his concerns with destruction. He stated that mankind’s issues are far too complex to solve with explosive devices.  Notkin believes the fulcrum of creativity lies midway between creation and destruction. Art is the physical manifestation of our hopes and our dreams. Without art, what can hold our destructive capabilities in check?

Stopping the Godless Aggressors

Stopping the Godless Aggressors

Listening to him speak, I had several quick thoughts that I jotted down which I wanted to ask him about.  If he feels that mankind’s issues are so complex that they can not be solved with the use of weapons of mass destruction, how does he reconcile that they are a necessary part of his creative equation (i.e., the fulcrum of creativity lies between creation and destruction).  I wondered what would happen if you removed the threat of destruction from the equation.  I think he touched on the answer briefly when he joked that if the threat of destruction went away he would happily paint nudes.

Works. While speaking about his work Richard Notkin stated that he has found more questions than answers. The major themes of his work center on art and war.  Notkin wants to understand why an artist continues to create for a seemingly indirect or disinterested audience.  Notkin found a partial answer to this question in these two quotes.

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. George Bernard Shaw

Speaking the truth in times of universal deceit is a revolutionary act. George Orwell

Detail from And they Shall Beat Their Swords into  Plowshares

Detail from And they Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares

Richard Notkin works small.  If you look at the mural All Nations Have Their Moment of Foolishness you will see a portrait of former President George Bush.  Notkin created this using 3×3 tiles. Each tile was formed and then carved.

Notkin said he can spend 50-60 hours carving on less than one cubic inch. He said he was trying to surpass the type of carving seen in a Japanese netsuke. This can be seen in the both ‘Stopping the Godless Aggressors’ and ‘And They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares.’

Detail from ...Plowshares

Detail from ...Plowshares

The work Stopping the Godless Aggressors is about Viet Nam and Nixon and the horrors of war.  The scale is small but Notkin stated this work was far more about context than scale.

And They Shall Beat Their Swords into Plowshares. This work originally began as a maquette for a larger piece but became the actual piece. There are a multitude of weapons (including civil war cannon) as well as a variety of building materials. At the top of the piece (with grass) is a horse drawn plow going through a fecund clod of earth. He was trying to show the earth’s ability to heal and show us that we have that healing ability as well. To get an idea of scale, the plowshare is carved out of clay and is about two cubic inches.

Prisoner

Prisoner

All Nations Have Their Moments of Foolishness. I liked this piece.  Richard said he made his murals with 3×3″ squares of clay that he formed and then carved.  Frankly each tile is a work of art in itself.  They feature skulls, a horse screaming in mortal agony from Picasso’s Guernica, Jesus’ limp feet from Michangelo’s Pieta, the iconic figure of the hooded figure standing with his arms outstretched from Abu Ghraib.  Murder, torture, war all the heinous acts that have been committed within the last two centuries are memorialized in this work.  Notkins fired these tiles in sawdust, which allowed for the range of light and dark.  He used these tiles with a grided photograph to recreate former President Bush’s portrait.  More specific information can be found at this here which provides the artist’s statement about the piece as well as the specifics of his techniques used to fire the clay.  He said that he struggled for a while to find the title for the piece.  Eventually he felt that the title was a statement that best fit this piece because it explained why the American people voted for President Bush for a second term.

There were many other pieces that he spoke of during his lecture that I haven’t covered.  His heart vessels, his yixing teapots, or his wondrous ‘It’s no Use Shouting (After Goya)’.  I will hopefully cover these in a few weeks.  I also have to state that my pictures were photographs of the 35mm slides Mr. Notkin’s used.  Most had to be cropped to remove other people’s hair, hats etc from the view.

Blog Focus

I’ve been thinking for awhile that my blogging (for the most part) has been about two distinctly different topics, Art and Politics. So I’ve been mulling it over and I’ve decided that I will start a separate blog about politics at Blogspot and I will continue writing about Art and perhaps a few other categories at this blog.

I am surprised to find that I enjoy writing about political events, issues and topics and I’ve wanted to do more writing on these issues, but I feel guilty every time I do so.

Placing the new blog at Blogspot will allow me to explore all the neat blog gadgets and widgets folks like Duane Keiser and Katherine Tyrrell utilize so effectively at their sites.

So, I will be copying any/all political posts from this blog and posting them at the new one, once I have it looking the way I want to I will post the link.

Cindy

The Western States Inaugural Ball

President Obama
President Obama

I’m pretty fortunate.  I was invited to attend the Western States Inaugural Ball which was held at the Washington DC Convention Center.

I was never super close to the stage area so my pictures aren’t the greatest.  Still I decided to post them because I figured some of my friends would get a kick out of them.

Jennifer Lopez Dancing

Jennifer Lopez Dancing

The evening started with hanging out and talking with friends we ran into.  There were some things I was told about inaugural balls that was true: yes the food was terrible, and the lines to buy the tickets for drinks or to buy the actual drinks was insane.  So what.

The coat check line was like the eagles hotel California.  You could check your coat in, but you could never check it out again.  Note to self, next time wear a coat you can stand to lose, and take it in an place it on the floor somewhere.

Vice President Joesph and Dr. Jill Biden

Vice President Joesph and Dr. Jill Biden

The lines for the drink tickets were very short if you went to the far end of the huge room (I swear it was close to the size of a football field),  I think I was 6 deep to buy drink tickets.

Now the line for the drinks was very long so I grabbed an extra one and some chips because the food was meh.   Okay it was hot and I was hungry but still it was meh (two different versions of pasta and some veggie crudites and ranch dressing-all  guaranteed to ruin a gown if they dripped).

The Bidens Dancing
The Bidens Dancing

There was a band playing rock when we walked in but I don’t have any idea of who they were (sorry).  Later in the evening Marc Anthony came out and sang some seriously great music.

No, I am not a Marc Anthony fan but the beat was very compelling and it was fun watching some great salsa dancers strut their stuff on the floor nearby.  One of his numbers was a song he’d written for Jennifer Lopez when he first met her.  Very sweet.  He brought her out and they sang a duet and then it was a matter of waiting until the big dogs showed up.

President Obama
President Obama

The Bidens came out next- I think they hit our ball right after the Biden (Delaware) Ball.  They looked really sweet.  The last time I’d seen them together was in Des Moines Iowa.

I can’t tell you how happy I am that President Obama asked him to serve.   Joe was pretty funny when he said at the close of his small speech that he was going to prove to us all that he couldn’t dance. He did okay.

President and Mrs. Obama

President and Mrs. Obama

Then we all milled about for a bit visiting with friends or making new ones.  I had fun people watching and saw only one blinding display of diamonds.  Very pretty but blinding nonetheless.

Eventually, the President and Mrs. Obama came out.  They looked great together.  The President gave a short speech and then danced with Michelle.

Goofing Around

Goofing Around

After they left, there was a massive rush for the doors.  I just stuck around with friends for another hour chatting.  I said I wanted to rest my tootsies, but really it was just a desire to prolong the magic.

I figure I should post at least one picture of myself in my fu-fu dress. Sadly I am super paranoid about privacy on the internet.  I guess you can blame that on the number of hits on my blog looking for mention of Ashley Biden (I think it’s op researchers-no real idea though).  So I doodled with these a bit-yes if you know me you’d recognize my incognito-ishness…but hey what the heck.

Farewell Governor Dean

Govenor Howard Dean

Govenor Howard Dean

 

Last Saturday night I attended an event in honor of Governor Howard Dean, the outgoing Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) hosted at the American History Museum in Washington, DC.  Although this post is late (I was without the internet or laptop for most of the weekend) I wanted to post it anyways as a tribute to a great man.

The Govenor Virginia, Tim Kaine, has been nominated by President  Obama to serve as the replacement for Govenor Howard Dean as the Chairman of the DNC.   This was submitted to the DNC membership for vote on January 21st and passed with no issues.

What  a great party!  There was great music, food and drink in a stunning setting that was filled with a huge crowd.  I was lucky enough to see a few folks I’d meet while volunteering at the DNC and it felt nice to be remembered. 

Governor Dean in the Crowd

Governor Dean in the Crowd

After a short presentation of some interesting video clips, Governor Kaine introduced Howard Dean.  Before Dean took the stage, they played a great video message from President Elect Obama.  Then Governor Dean came out and gave one hell of a speech.  I had no idea he was such a great orator!

As soon as his speech was over he was mobbed by well wishers.  Sadly for me I was within 10 feet of him so I was mobbed as well, but you could forgive people for their love an enthusiasm (for him not me).

The 44th Presidential Inauguration Ceremony

 

The Crowd at the Purple and Yellow Ticket Areas

The Crowd at the Purple and Yellow Ticket Areas

 

I was lucky, I had tickets to the Purple Area which was on the Senate side of the Capitol Building and I was actually able to get in.  The lines and crowd were enormous.  I spent the night of the 19th with friends who live on Capitol Hill which meant I only walked about 6 blocks to get to the purple entry point. 

 

 

The Presidential Motorcade Arriving

The Presidential Motorcade

While crossing to enter into the area, I was almost run down by some cop cars-it took a few moments to realize it was the Presidential Motorcade!

I scooted and only managed to snap one pic of it and sadly missed the one of “The Tank.”  If you know artist Matt Sesow he has a video of it on his facebook page!

Although I was in a ticketed area I am very short.  So I couldn’t see a thing except the dome and the upper part of the building.  Nada.  Then again, unless you were over 6 feet tall you also didn’t see much.  There were some grumbles but most people were like me, just very grateful to be witnessing the event.

Jumbotran View

Jumbotran View

 

Someone did not do effective planning for the location of the Senate-side jumbotran.  Or if they did, they never double checked what it looked like with crowds, who were viewing it from down slope.  Most folks in the Yellow and Purple side had a rather large tree which obstructed the view of the jumbotran.  So I had a lot of shots of a tree and a vague indication of different peoples faces. 

 

The Platform

The Platform

Even though we couldn’t see, ok-we the short one- couldn’t see, we didn’t care~we were there!!  Everyone was happy and considerate for the most part; it was like being in Manhattan at Christmas time!  If it was crowded so much the better since those beside and behind acted as windbreaks! 

I have a small pocket sized cannon camera.  This is the shot I was able to take of the platform where they administered the oath of office with my x12 zoom!. 

 

In case you didn’t see the speech here it is in it’s entirety courtesy of youtube and CSpan.  The complete text of the speech is posted at the end of this post, I found it at th eBBC site.  It’s inspiring and fills me with hope for our troubled nation! Both the video and text are from and can be found at this link to the BBC.

Motorcycle Cops

Motorcycle Cops

And here is a pic of the motorcycle cops parked at the west side of the Captiol Building preparing to escort the Presidential Motorcade back to the nest stop-the Parade.  I think they look pretty spiffy, cold but spiffy.

I hope the local policemen and policewomen who volunteered and those who worked so much overtime, and those who travelled from all over the United States know how grateful and appreciative we locals were and are.  They kept everyone safe and in order during the event.  Thank you.

The speech delivered by President Obama.

My fellow citizens:

I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors. I thank President Bush for his service to our nation, as well as the generosity and co-operation he has shown throughout this transition.

Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms.

At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because we, the people, have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbears, and true to our founding documents.

So it has been. So it must be with this generation of Americans.

Serious challenges

That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. Our nation is at war, against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some, but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our healthcare is too costly; our schools fail too many; and each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet.

These are the indicators of crisis, subject to data and statistics. Less measurable but no less profound is a sapping of confidence across our land – a nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, that the next generation must lower its sights.

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America – they will be met.

On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics.

Nation of ‘risk-takers’

We remain a young nation, but in the words of scripture, the time has come to set aside childish things. The time has come to reaffirm our enduring spirit; to choose our better history; to carry forward that precious gift, that noble idea, passed on from generation to generation: the God-given promise that all are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.

In reaffirming the greatness of our nation, we understand that greatness is never a given. It must be earned. Our journey has never been one of short-cuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted – for those who prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame. Rather, it has been the risk-takers, the doers, the makers of things – some celebrated but more often men and women obscure in their labour, who have carried us up the long, rugged path towards prosperity and freedom.

For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and travelled across oceans in search of a new life.

For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West; endured the lash of the whip and ploughed the hard earth.

For us, they fought and died, in places like Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sahn.

‘Remaking America’

Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.

This is the journey we continue today. We remain the most prosperous, powerful nation on Earth. Our workers are no less productive than when this crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed than they were last week or last month or last year. Our capacity remains undiminished. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions – that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.

For everywhere we look, there is work to be done. The state of our economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act – not only to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth. We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together. We will restore science to its rightful place, and wield technology’s wonders to raise healthcare’s quality and lower its cost. We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories. And we will transform our schools and colleges and universities to meet the demands of a new age. All this we can do. All this we will do.

Restoring trust

Now, there are some who question the scale of our ambitions – who suggest that our system cannot tolerate too many big plans. Their memories are short. For they have forgotten what this country has already done; what free men and women can achieve when imagination is joined to common purpose, and necessity to courage.

What the cynics fail to understand is that the ground has shifted beneath them – that the stale political arguments that have consumed us for so long no longer apply.

The question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works – whether it helps families find jobs at a decent wage, care they can afford, a retirement that is dignified. Where the answer is yes, we intend to move forward. Where the answer is no, programmes will end. And those of us who manage the public’s dollars will be held to account – to spend wisely, reform bad habits, and do our business in the light of day – because only then can we restore the vital trust between a people and their government.

Nor is the question before us whether the market is a force for good or ill. Its power to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched, but this crisis has reminded us that without a watchful eye, the market can spin out of control – that a nation cannot prosper long when it favours only the prosperous. The success of our economy has always depended not just on the size of our gross domestic product, but on the reach of our prosperity; on the ability to extend opportunity to every willing heart – not out of charity, but because it is the surest route to our common good.

‘Ready to lead’

As for our common defence, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals. Our founding fathers, faced with perils that we can scarcely imagine, drafted a charter to assure the rule of law and the rights of man, a charter expanded by the blood of generations. Those ideals still light the world, and we will not give them up for expedience’s sake. And so to all the other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born: know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman, and child who seeks a future of peace and dignity, and we are ready to lead once more.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with the sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

We are the keepers of this legacy. Guided by these principles once more, we can meet those new threats that demand even greater effort – even greater co-operation and understanding between nations. We will begin to responsibly leave Iraq to its people, and forge a hard-earned peace in Afghanistan. With old friends and former foes, we will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the spectre of a warming planet. We will not apologise for our way of life, nor will we waver in its defence, and for those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents, we say to you now that our spirit is stronger and cannot be broken; you cannot outlast us, and we will defeat you.

‘Era of peace’

For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus – and non-believers. We are shaped by every language and culture, drawn from every end of this earth; and because we have tasted the bitter swill of civil war and segregation, and emerged from that dark chapter stronger and more united, we cannot help but believe that the old hatreds shall someday pass; that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve; that as the world grows smaller, our common humanity shall reveal itself; and that America must play its role in ushering in a new era of peace.

To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society’s ills on the West – know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy. To those who cling to power through corruption and deceit and the silencing of dissent, know that you are on the wrong side of history; but that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.

To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds. And to those nations like ours that enjoy relative plenty, we say we can no longer afford indifference to the suffering outside our borders; nor can we consume the world’s resources without regard to effect. For the world has changed, and we must change with it.

‘Duties’

As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honour them not only because they are the guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment – a moment that will define a generation – it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all.

For as much as government can do and must do, it is ultimately the faith and determination of the American people upon which this nation relies. It is the kindness to take in a stranger when the levees break, the selflessness of workers who would rather cut their hours than see a friend lose their job which sees us through our darkest hours. It is the firefighter’scourage to storm a stairway filled with smoke, but also a parent’s willingness to nurture a child, that finally decides our fate.

Our challenges may be new. The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends – honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism – these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history. What is demanded then is a return to these truths.

What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility – a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.

‘Gift of freedom’

This is the price and the promise of citizenship.

This is the source of our confidence – the knowledge that God calls on us to shape an uncertain destiny.

This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed – why men and women and children of every race and every faithcan join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.

So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have travelled. In the year of America’s birth, in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

“Let it be told to the future world… that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive… that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet [it].”

America. 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.

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless the United States of America.

Published: 2009/01/20 18:54:00 GMT