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.Â It couldn’t have taken five minutes to deliver.Â Â 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.Â It’s just that short speeches almost always have more impact than long ones.Â Â
Surely that is what our nation needs today.