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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The day after

Yesterday was truly a great day for America. So I'm not sure why this bothers me. But why in what is supposed to be his most inspiring speech did he use these lines, and why have they become the lines everyone quotes?

I mean I do see their appropriateness, but they are no "Ask not what ..."


  1. Funny! (I didn't realize that they were the "most likely to be quoted," but I did guess them when I saw Fred Astaire.)

    I've just been pondering on WORDS, too.

  2. They are catchy, though, aren't they? ;^)

  3. After the huge build up, the speech would have been a bit of a disappointment no matter what he said. Even so it was moving. I felt the same way hearing YoYo Ma play - why A Gift to be Simple? Can't we go for moving without resorting to cliche?

    Still a great man and a wonderful day.

  4. I couldn't help loving the whole thing! :)

    And seeing those two dance, just brightened my day, so THANKS!

  5. ??? I don't have television and haven't heard his speech so I've not a clue what you are talking about.

    Have a terrific day. :)

  6. Catchy words with catchy videos...great dancers.

  7. Yup, I picked it too. He actually cribbed from the movie twice --one in the speech, another time before they were dancing.
    I'm just guessing he saw the "Swing Time" not so long ago. It's a terrific movie, one of my favorites in the Astaire/Rogers collection.
    As far as speeches go --it was moving, but it was a bit long, don't you think?

    But I think the most awkward bit of writing was the poem. It wasn't just the delivery, it lacked rhythm.

  8. Fred Astaire and Obama in the same post - can't get any better than that.

    Thanks for following my blog.

  9. A great day, and lovely film clips, Grandpa.