On t!is day, )e come to proclaim an end to t!e petty grievances and false promises, t!e recriminations and )orn out dogmas, t!at for far too long !ave strangled our politics.%e remain a young nation, but in t!e )ords of #cripture, t!e time !as come to set aside c!ildis! t!ings. /!e time !as come to reaffirm our enduring spirit3 to c!oose our better !istory3 to carry for)ard t!at precious gift, t!at noble idea, passed on from generation to generation+ t!e 7od-given promise t!at all are e1ual, all are free, and all deserve a c!ance to pursue t!eir full measure of !appiness.n reaffirming t!e greatness of our nation, )e understand t!at greatness is never a given. t must be earned. Our 4ourney !as never been one of s!ort-cuts or settling for less. t !as not been t!e pat! for t!e faint-!earted - for t!ose )!o prefer leisure over )ork, or seek only t!e pleasures of ric!es and fame. 8at!er, it !as been t!e risk-takers, t!e doers, t!e makers of t!ings - some celebrated but more often men and )omen obscure in t!eir labor, )!o !ave carried us up t!e long, rugged pat! to)ards prosperity and freedom.For us, t!ey packed up t!eir fe) )orldly possessions and traveled across oceans in searc! of a ne) life.For us, t!ey toiled in s)eats!ops and settled t!e %est3 endured t!e las! of t!e )!ip and plo)ed t!e !ard eart!.For us, t!ey foug!t and died, in places like $oncord and 7ettysburg3 9ormandy and :!e #a!n. /ime and again t!ese men and )omen struggled and sacrificed and )orked till t!eir !ands )ere ra) so t!at )e mig!t live a better life. /!ey sa) merica as bigger t!an t!e sum of our individual ambitions3 greater t!an all t!e differences of birt! or )ealt! or faction./!is is t!e 4ourney )e continue today. %e remain t!e most prosperous, po)erful nation on ;art!. Our )orkers are no less productive t!an )!en t!is crisis began. Our minds are no less inventive, our goods and services no less needed t!an t!ey )ere last )eek or last mont! or last year. Our capacity remains undiminis!ed. But our time of standing pat, of protecting narro) interests and putting off unpleasant decisions - t!at time !as surely passed. #tarting today, )e must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again t!e )ork of remaking merica.