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January 21, 2009

It may be one for the ages: the inauguration address.

To those leaders around the globe who seek to sow conflict, or blame their society's ills on the West — know that your people will judge you on what you can build, not what you destroy.

The text as delivered is here. But forget about the reaction of the crowd, and the sound of Obama's voice, if you saw or heard it. Forget about Justice Roberts' muffed lines just before it happened. It should be read, whether you voted for the 44th President or, like me, you did not. Ted Sorensen writes in UK's The Guardian that he was moved by the speech and the event--and that is indeed praise. If you're an American lawyer and don't know who the 80-year-old Sorensen is, stop eating and watching television for five minutes, and find out. Finally, consider at Legal History Blog the notion that The District of Columbia is "the window through which the world looks into our house".

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(Photo: Paul Schutzer)

Posted by JD Hull at January 21, 2009 11:52 PM

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