It was a somber, winter's day in Georgia on Feb. 7, 2006. Thousands of people had gathered that day at the New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Lithonia to pay their respects to the legacy and family of the late Coretta Scott King. All four living presidents, H.W. Bush, G.W. Bush, Carter and Clinton attended. Accompanying them was a sizable congressional delegation from both the United States House of Representatives and the Senate. Among them was Barack Hussein Obama, then the junior senator from the state of Illinois. Obama was easy to identify as he was the ...
Well, it's time to move on. But before we turn the page, I would like to congratulate all of the newly elected public officials throughout the county, state and nation. And of course, 145 years since emancipation, 100 years since the founding of the NAACP, 45 years since the March on Washington, 40 years since the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., America's 44th president is an African-American. How did this happen? As we seek to understand the new world, let's review the making of this moment.
Arguably the greatest president of the 20th century was Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who led America out of the Great Depression and through World War II. Critics contend his policies were socialist and anti-business, yet his New Deal programs propelled economic growth and job creation and contributed to his record four terms as president. In his first inaugural address FDR said, "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."
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