Friday, January 20, 2017

Genesis, Chapter 43, Verse 23
He replied, “Calm down! Do not fear! Your God and the God of your father must have put treasure in your bags for you. As for your money, I received it.” With that, he led Simeon out to them.

Being calm under pressure or threat is the ultimate way we can show trust in God. Here are some more verses to ponder on calming down:[1]

·         Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun set on your anger, and do not leave room for the devil. (Ep. 4:26-27)
·         For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. (2Tm. 1:7)
·         He hushed the storm to silence; the waves of the sea were stilled. They rejoiced that the sea grew calm, that God brought them to the harbor they longed for. (Ps. 107:29-30)
·         He got into a boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?” (Mt. 8:23-27)
Today we will inaugurate our 45th President of the United States. Many are afraid of the new President—Calm Down! Do not Fear!

Inauguration Day[2]

Inauguration Day marks the beginning of the new four year term of the President of the United States.  The Inauguration of the US President garners national attention.  Held in Washington D.C., the Inauguration ceremony takes place on the western front of the US Capitol Building.  This day is a federally recognized holiday for all workers within the District of Columbia, and several counties in both Maryland and Virginia.  Inauguration Day falls on January 20th every fourth year, unless the 20th falls on a Sunday

Inauguration Day Facts

·         The Twentieth Amendment to the US Constitution changed the date from March 4th to January 20th.
·         The only President to take the oath of office without placing his hand upon a Bible was Theodore Roosevelt in January 1901. He was sworn in with an uplifted hand.
·         The US Constitution only mandates the person take an oath or affirmation before he/she can take office.
·         Various Presidents have added their own twist to the swearing in ceremony, including kissing the Bible, or adding the words so help me God in closing.

Inauguration Day Top Events and Things to Do

·         Attend the Inauguration in person by traveling to Washington D.C. the week of January 20th.
·         Watch the Inauguration happen live via television or internet broadcast.
·         Say a prayer for the new President.
·         Watch the Inauguration Parade as it proceeds towards the White House.
·         Host an inauguration party. Enjoy American snacks and celebrate the new president.

Presidential Inauguration Speeches in review[3]

1. George Washington-Washington calls on Congress to avoid local and party partisanship and encourages the adoption of a Bill of Rights, without specifically calling them by name. The first President demonstrates his reluctance to accept the post, rejects any salary for the execution of his duties, and devotes a considerable part of the speech to his religious beliefs. Word Cloud stress: (God’s) Your Will

2. John Adams- Adams praises the patriotism of his predecessors and celebrates the virtues of the Constitution. The President cautions Americans not to lose sight of the danger their liberties face before offering up his qualifications and resources for the job. Word Cloud stress: People’s Government

3. Thomas Jefferson- After a particularly bitter and divisive campaign and election, Jefferson focuses on unifying the country, especially Republicans and Federalists. The President enumerates his ideas of the principles of government, which include equal rights, preservation of the constitution, and civil control of the military. Word Cloud stress: Our Government

4. James Madison- Madison begins his address by acknowledging the domestic political tensions caused by his fractured and Congress, and he expresses concern over the war between France and England, which could jeopardize U.S. trade and neutrality. The new President then lists principles he will use to guide him through the challenges of his new position, including maintaining neutrality, fostering a spirit of independence, and respecting the rights of states. Word Cloud stress: Our Nation

5. James Monroe- President Monroe outlines the challenges that the new nation has overcome since Revolution and further details the dangers ahead for the United States. Monroe concludes his speech with an assessment of the positive aspects of the American government. Word Cloud stress: Our States

6. John Quincy Adams- President Adams gives an overview of the success of the United States in domestic and foreign relations. He then reviews the promises and the record of his predecessor and gives a general set of goals he wishes to achieve, specifically better roads. Word Cloud stress: Our Union

7. Andrew Jackson- President Jackson thanks the nation for its support in electing him and highlights his promises to use the public funds wisely and to stop the expansion of the military. Jackson's campaign charged large amounts of corruption in the federal government and in his inauguration speech, Jackson again expresses his determination to remove patronage systems in Washington. Word Cloud stress: Our Will

8. Martin Van Buren- In a humble Inaugural Address, Van Buren praises the great Presidents before him and gives a positive assessment of the first half century of American statehood. President Van Buren addresses two points of concern: the rising incidence of mob action and abolitionist agitation, which he vowed to vote down. Word Cloud stress: Our People

9. William Harrison- President Harrison begins by describing how America's democracy is special and then outlines problems with the government and his solutions to them. This Inaugural Address was the longest in American history; it took nearly two hours to read. Word Cloud stress: Our Power

10. John Tyler- After the death of President William Henry Harrison, Vice President John Tyler assumes the presidency. He is the first ever to do so, setting the precedent for presidential succession. Word Cloud stress: Public Will

11. James Polk- With frequent references to the Union's growth in size, population, and strength, President Polk speaks at length about domestic issues. He is opposed to a national bank, assumption of state debt, and a revenue tariff, but supports a protective tariff and equal taxation. Polk also elaborates on his favorable opinion of Texas rejoining the Union. Word Cloud stress: Our Government

12. Zachary Taylor Word Cloud stress: Our Government

13. Millard Fillmore-No speech.

14. Franklin Pierce-Word Cloud stress: Our Will

15. James Buchanan- Word Cloud stress: Our States
16. Abraham Lincoln- President Lincoln uses his first inaugural address to attempt to reassure the Southern states that he will protect their interests regarding slavery. He warns, however, that any attempt to secede from the Union will be viewed as a violation of law and met with appropriate consequences. Word Cloud stress: State’s Will

17. Andrew Johnson No speech

18. Ulysses S. Grant- Word Cloud stress: Country’s Will

19. Rutherford B. Hayes- Word Cloud stress: Country

20. James A. Garfield- Word Cloud stress: Our Will

21. Chester A. Arthur-Following President Garfield’s death, Arthur is sworn in as President of the United States and addresses the nation. Word Cloud stress: Our People

22. and 24. Grover Cleveland- Word Cloud stress: Our People

23. Benjamin Harrison- Word Cloud stress: Our Will

25. William McKinley- Word Cloud stress: Our Government

26. Theodore Roosevelt- Word Cloud stress: Our People

27. William Taft- Word Cloud stress: Our Will

28. Woodrow Wilson Woodrow-delivers his first Inaugural Address following his victory over President William Taft and former President Theodore Roosevelt in the 1912 Presidential Election.  In the address, Wilson elucidates his goals as President, which include: reduction of the tariff and reforms in banking and currency. Word Cloud stress: Our great government

29. Warren G. Harding- Word Cloud stress: Our Will

30. Calvin Coolidge- Word Cloud stress: Our Will

31. Herbert Hoover- Word Cloud stress: Our Government

32. Franklin D. Roosevelt- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt delivers the Inaugural Address following his election to his first of four Presidential terms.  The President recounts the nation’s current economic hardships during the Great Depression and stresses the importance of addressing this issue.  Roosevelt pledges to propose solutions to aid in the economy’s recovery, even if it requires unconventional methods to fight this “unprecedented task.” Word Cloud stress: Our National Will

33. Harry S. Truman- In his Inaugural Address at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., Truman describes the essential principles by which Americans live and contrasts those principles with the ideals of communism—which he refers to as the "false prophecy." The President also emphasizes four major courses of action in America's program for peace and freedom which he states will lead eventually to personal freedom and happiness for all mankind. Word Cloud stress: Our Nations Will

34. Dwight D. Eisenhower- Eisenhower challenges citizens to help lead the world towards a future of freedom by making peace a way of life. He stresses the interdependence of the world, especially in economics, through nine principles he introduces to shape U.S. world leadership. The audio recording begins with Richard Nixon taking the vice presidential oath of office followed by the singing of "America the Beautiful" and a prayer. President Eisenhower begins his speech at 9:45 on the recording. Word Cloud stress: Our Free World

35. John F. Kennedy-In his Inaugural Address, Kennedy pledges to support liberty, commit to allies, avoid tyranny, aid the underprivileged throughout the world, and strengthen the Americas. Kennedy challenges Communist nations to engage in a dialogue with the United States to ensure world peace and stability. The speech is best known for the words: "ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country. Word Cloud stress: Our Side’s Will
36. Lyndon B. Johnson-President Johnson talks about change in the United States. He concentrates on three essential ideas—justice, liberty, and union—as the qualities which formed America. The country will use these qualities to move forward to address the problems prevalent throughout the world. The President identifies the Great Society as a mechanism for continually seeking improvement and reaffirms the centrality of American values and heritage. Word Cloud stress: Our Will

37. Richard Nixon- President Richard Nixon addresses the nation and beckons the American people and people of all nations to rally together in the pursuit of everlasting peace. In a period of unprecedented international conflict, the President proclaims to the nation and the world that his administration will move forward under the banner of unity in an attempt to thwart the hatreds that divide the world.  Word Cloud stress: Our Will

38. Gerald Ford-never elected no speech

39. Jimmy Carter- President Carter notes that the nation must be strong at home in order to be strong abroad, and he emphasizes assisting freedom and human rights causes all over the world. Carter strives to rebuild Americans' confidence in the government as well as equality for all Americans. Word Cloud stress: Our Nation Must Strengthen the World

40. Ronald Reagan- Reagan focuses on the economy and ending inflation, while lessening the influence and growth of big government. He returns to passages in his 1967 inaugural speech as California's governor. Word Cloud stress: Our Will

41. George H. W. Bush- President George H. W. Bush stresses the importance of strengthening America through community involvement, a balanced budget, and bipartisanship. Word Cloud stress: Our Will

42. Bill Clinton- As the first President elected in the post-Cold War era, Clinton stresses that it is a time for a renewal of America. Word Cloud stress: Our World

43. George W. Bush- George W. Bush delivers his inaugural address following his election to the first of his two Presidential terms.  The President recognizes and thanks his 2000 Presidential Election opponent, Vice President Al Gore, who contested Bush’s victory until a recount of Florida’s votes took place, the critical state in the Electoral College tally.  Bush also promises reductions in taxes, reforms in Social Security, Welfare and education, increases in defense, and intolerance of weapons of mass destruction. Word Cloud stress: Our Will

44. Barack Obama- Senator Dianne Feinstein introduces the Oath of Office, administered to Barack Obama by Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts. After taking the oath, President Obama gives his Inaugural Address, touching on the history that brought the country to this moment and focusing on the hard work ahead for him, his administration, and the American people. Word Cloud stress: Our Will


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