Had Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the US, not sign a decree to stop the practice of slavery in America in 1862, or 147 years ago, Obama may not reach the pinnacle that is being witnessed now, dubbed the greatest achievement of African American in the history of mankind.
This event eclipses the legacy of the Lincoln decree where America saw the emergence of Black leaders such as Martin Luther King Jr, Malcolm X and Rev. Jeese Jackson, just to name a few…
Past Presidents of The USA are also known for their most famous quotes.
And I choose to select some of those quotes from 3 Past Presidents who became victims of assassinations.
President Lincoln was most famous with his quotes like the few selected below, during his 5 years tenure as President from 1860 until his he was shot dead by James Wilkes Booth on 14 April, 1865: -
“I am a success today because I had a friend who believed in me and I didn't have the heart to let him down...”
“If I had eight hours to chop down a tree, I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax”
“I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong.”
“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.”
“To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men”
“I walk slowly, but I never walk backward”
“Don't worry when you are not recognized, but strive to be worthy of recognition”
“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”
“My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.”
“Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right”
“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”
“A house divided against itself cannot stand.”
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That's my religion.”
“What has once happened, will invariably happen again, when the same circumstances which combined to produce it, shall again combine in the same way”
(and the classic and legendary quote) “Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people”
“Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall”
“Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.”
“Within the covers of the Bible are all the answers for all the problems men face.”
“We have the duty to protect the life of an unborn child.”
There are no such things as limits to growth, because there are no limits to the human capacity for intelligence, imagination, and wonder”
“There are no constraints on the human mind, no walls around the human spirit, no barriers to our progress except those we ourselves erect.”
“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country.”
“Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future.”
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future”
Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, make violent revolution inevitable.
If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.
Too often we... enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
Let us never negotiate out of fear. But let us never fear to negotiate.
When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters—one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.
Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.
Unconditional war can no longer lead to unconditional victory.
Efforts and courage are not enough without purpose and direction.
So Obama, what will your famous quotes be???
Like past Presidents of the US, Obama also inherits many things from his predessor.
2 wars – in Iraq and Afghanistan, The Global Economic Crisis, The endless Israel-Palestinian conflict, The 2 Koreans – North & South that are still technically at war, Foreign policy not so friendly nations like Iran, North Korea, Syria, Cuba and Venezuela and the war against terror and the hunt for the elusive Osama bin Laden.
What happens next in the first 4 years of Obama’s Presidency??
Only God knows….
Good Luck Obama, Good Luck America