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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Today from the PPT


These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. — Thomas Paine, Founding Father

Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass, will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation... We—even we here—hold the power, and bear the responsibility... We shall nobly save, or meanly lose, the last best hope of earth.— Abraham Lincoln


In these troubled times I am sustained by much more than my own prayers. I am sustained by the prayers of hundreds of Americans who daily take the time to look up from their own problems in order to try to give me a little encouragement in mine. Not long ago I received a letter one morning from a mother whose son had been killed in Vietnam. She spoke of the pain and the loss, and the tears that are ever ready to flow, but through all of this were words of encouragement for me from this dear little lady.

In her letter she concluded: "Mr. President, I wish I could tell you all that I feel in my heart. But there just aren't words, so we ask God to bless you and your little family that He will guide you in all the terrible decisions that you must make. As long as we believe, our strength is in our faith in God and He will never fail us."

So, my countrymen, in those words from that dear mother are to be found the greatness of this Nation and also the strength of its President.— Lyndon B. Johnson, February 17, 1966, at the 14th Annual National Prayer Breakfast, Washington, D.C.