Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Political scientist Elvin Lim carried out a semantic study of the all presidential inaugural addresses and state of the union addresses. He offers many illustrative comparisons between presidential rhetoric of past and present times. William Henry Harrison, in his fatal inaugural address [he died from a cold caught from standing in the rain], likened liberty to "the sovereign balm for every injury which our institutions may receive." George H. W. Bush, is his inaugural address, likened it to a kite. "Freedom is like a beautiful kite that can go higher and higher with the breeze," he proclaimed. We may only be a president or two away from hearing liberty compared to a chocolate fudge sundae.
--from We Are Doomed

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