…for an American President
May you face the challenges that lie ahead with courage, optimism and strength.
May you govern with a strong, steady hand and a compassionate heart.
May you continue to inspire the human race with hope, pride and a dream come true.
And may the wisdom in your words and actions enlighten your fellow countrymen and all citizens of the world. –Dani Lynn
…from an American President
America today is stronger than ever before. Our adversaries have not abandoned their ambitions — our dangers have not diminished — our vigilance can not be relaxed. But now we have the military, the scientific and the economic strength to do whatever must be done for the preservation and promotion of freedom.
That strength will never be used in pursuit of aggressive ambitions — it will always be used in pursuit of peace. It will never be used to promote provocation’s — it will always be used to promote the peaceful settlement of disputes.
We in this country, in this generation, are — by destiny rather than choice — the watchmen on the walls of world freedom. We ask, therefore, that we may be worthy of our power and responsibility — that we may exercise our strength with wisdom and restraint — and that we may achieve in our time and for all time the ancient vision of peace on earth, good will toward men. That must always be our goal — and the righteousness of our cause must always underlie our strength. For as was written long ago: “Except the Lord keep the city; the watchman waketh but in vain.”
These were President Kennedy’s last official words — the conclusion of the speech he was to have delivered in Dallas. From ‘Four Days’… the historical record of the death of President Kennedy, complied by United Press International and American Heritage Magazine for the Newark News, 1964.
…by our American President
“We have a stake in one another… what binds us together is greater than what drives us apart, and if enough people believe in the truth of that proposition and act on it, then we might not solve every problem, but we can get something meaningful done for the people with whom we share this Earth.” – – Barack Obama