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January 23, 2013

Obama's speech carried echoes from the past

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“We seek peace, now, as in no other age ... because we have been warned, by the power of modern weapons, that peace may be the only climate possible for human life itself.”

Obama: “We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war.”

From Richard Nixon, as the Vietnam War wound down in 1973: “As America’s longest and most difficult war comes to an end, let us again learn to debate our differences with civility and decency.”

Obama: “We cannot mistake absolutism for principle or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate.”

Just as Obama followed the words of some of his fellow presidents, his second term will succeed or fail on how well he can get the country to follow his.

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