Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Ugh

In preparation for a "If sock monkeys made State of the Union addresses" post that I now probably won't write, I was doing a little research and found a site that gathers together all of the SOTU speeches. It's here, and it's quite fascinating.

Here's how Pres. Clinton's final address, from 2000, starts:
We are fortunate to be alive at this moment in history. Never before has our Nation enjoyed, at once, so much prosperity and social progress with so little internal crisis and so few external threats. Never before have we had such a blessed opportunity and, therefore, such a profound obligation to build the more perfect Union of our Founders' dreams.

We begin the new century with over 20 million new jobs; the fastest economic growth in more than 30 years; the lowest unemployment rates in 30 years; the lowest poverty rates in 20 years; the lowest African-American and Hispanic unemployment rates on record; the first back-to-back surpluses in 42 years; and next month, America will achieve the longest period of economic growth in our entire history. We have built a new economy.

And our economic revolution has been matched by a revival of the American spirit: crime down by 20 percent, to its lowest level in 25 years; teen births down 7 years in a row; adoptions up by 30 percent; welfare rolls cut in half, to their lowest levels in 30 years.

My fellow Americans, the state of our Union is the strongest it has ever been.

Oh, how things change in five years.

God, I'm depressed...


2 comments:

God Is My Codependent said...

I have always been deeply moved by the stirring words of President Herbert Hoover:

Post Office: Due to deferment of Government building over many years, previous administrations had been compelled to enter upon types of leases for secondary facilities in large cities, some of which were objectionable as representing too high a return upon the value of the property. To prevent the occasion for further uneconomic leasing I recommend that the Congress authorize the building by the Government of its own facilities.

Jim Donahue said...

That's practically poetry!