Hey Mr. President, Keep It Tight Today

When I visited Washington DC last summer, I stopped by the Lincoln memorial and read his second inaugural address. Of course it was still wonderful. I get goose bumps every time I read it.

But the thing that struck me most this time was its length.  It couldn’t have taken five minutes to deliver.   That brevity gave it incredible power. It was like the President was leading the nation in a short, fervent prayer.

Here is a speech for President Obama that was written by two readers of Slate magazine. I think it’s excellent. One of things I like most is that it’s short.

I favor short speeches not just because I’m easily bored.  It’s just that short speeches almost always have more impact than long ones.  

Surely that is what our nation needs today.

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