Great moments in American oratory

“Give me liberty or give me death.”  Patrick Henry

“I regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”  Nathan Hale

“It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”  Abraham Lincoln

“So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear… is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.”  Franklin Roosevelt

“As not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”  John F. Kennedy

“Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have.”  Ronald Reagan

“I don’t sit around talking to experts because this is a college seminar.  We talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick.”  Barack Obama

“Don’t screw around with me.”  Joe Biden

“We came, we saw, he died.”  Hillary Clinton

Is it just me, or do you also detect a slight coarsening of American oratory under our current administration?

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  • skullbuster

    “Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm.”
    James Madison, Federalist No. 10, November 23, 1787

  • Caped Crusader

    Memorable ALL; Instructive ALL. The last 3 the most “uneloquent” (a new word that should be added to our language).
    BUT the best of all:
    “If anybody else says I’m not a good Catholic, I’m going to cram my rosary beads up their ass” uttered by the famous Catholic theologian Joseph Biden.” A maneuver not approved by the Vatican, I am sure.

  • Charles Martel

    It would be interesting to watch Mighty Joe try to cram his rosary beads up Benedict XVI’s Organ of Non-Reproduction. That’s assuming that the pope would, somehow, find Joe’s pro-abortion/anti-marriage Catholicism wanting.


    Slight, you say…how about cheap, demeaning and pure “Shrillary”

    During a photo op at the top of their meeting in Kabul, Afghan President Hamid Karzai asked Clinton about Cain’s comment earlier this month that he probably won’t know the name of the leader of “Ubeki-beki-beki-beki-stan-stan.”
    “He’s a former pizza company owner,” Clinton told Karzai of Cain.
    “Is he that,” Karzai replied.
    “Oh yeah, he started something called Godfather pizza,” Clinton said.
    “Yes, I see, I see,” Karzai said.
    Clinton then turned to U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker and mocked Cain.
    “The president was saying he saw a news clip about how Mr. Cain had said, ‘I don’t even know the names of all these presidents of all these countries,’ you know, like, whatever,” she said, mimicking the candidate dismissively.
    “That wasn’t right, but anyway, that’s how politics are,” Karzai said diplomatically.