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?