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Obama Revises Washington’s First Inaugural Address

One of the great speeches in American history was George Washington’s first inaugural address, which he delivered to Congress. It’s a sublime exercise in humility, piety, and patriotism.

Boy have things changed. Washington was already revered at the time of his presidency. And yet, in these remarks, he evinced not a trace of the hubris we see so often from our current political leaders, starting with the one in the White House.

I wondered what would happen if President Obama got a draft from one of his speechwriters that was, word for word, Washington’s first inaugural address. No doubt it would have gotten a thorough editing . . .

Much of what you will read are actual quotes from the 44th president, serving to correct and update the 1st.



The magnitude and difficulty of the trust to which the voice of my country called me, being sufficient to awaken in the wisest and most experienced of her citizens a distrustful scrutiny into his qualifications, could not but overwhelm with despondence one who (inheriting inferior endowments from nature and unpracticed in the duties of civil administration) ought to be peculiarly conscious of his own deficiencies.


It is very rare that I come to an event where I’m like the fifth or sixth most interesting person.

I think that I’m a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I’ll tell you right now that I’m going to think I’m a better political director than my political director.

I’m a surprisingly good pool player and I cook a really mean chili.


No people can be bound to acknowledge and adore the Invisible Hand which conducts the affairs of men more than those of the United States. Every step by which they have advanced to the character of an independent nation seems to have been distinguished by some token of providential agency; and in the important revolution just accomplished in the system of their united government the tranquil deliberations and voluntary consent of so many distinct communities from which the event has resulted can not be compared with the means by which most governments have been established without some return of pious gratitude, along with an humble anticipation of the future blessings which the past seem to presage.


I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.

There have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.


By the article establishing the executive department it is made the duty of the President “to recommend to your consideration such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.” The circumstances under which I now meet you will acquit me from entering into that subject further than to refer to the great constitutional charter under which you are assembled, and which, in defining your powers, designates the objects to which your attention is to be given.

It will be more consistent with those circumstances, and far more congenial with the feelings which actuate me, to substitute, in place of a recommendation of particular measures, the tribute that is due to the talents, the rectitude, and the patriotism which adorn the characters selected to devise and adopt them.


A couple of weeks ago, I appeared along with Joe to present the administration’s ideas in terms of steps that we have to take.  And I issued a number of executive actions that should be taken unilaterally.

It’s been a long time since Congress was focused on what the American people need them to be focused on. Whether they will do the job they were elected to do is ultimately up to them.

The House bill isn’t smart and it’s not fair.

If Latinos sit out the election instead of saying, ‘We’re gonna punish our enemies, and we’re gonna reward our friends who stand with us on issues that are important to us’ — if they don’t see that kind of upsurge in voting in this election — then I think it’s going to be harder.


To the foregoing observations I have one to add, which will be most properly addressed to the House of Representatives. It concerns myself, and will therefore be as brief as possible. When I was first honored with a call into the service of my country, then on the eve of an arduous struggle for its liberties, the light in which I contemplated my duty required that I should renounce every pecuniary compensation.

From this resolution I have in no instance departed; and being still under the impressions which produced it, I must decline as inapplicable to myself any share in the personal emoluments which may be indispensably included in a permanent provision for the executive department, and must accordingly pray that the pecuniary estimates for the station in which I am placed may during my continuance in it be limited to such actual expenditures as the public good may be thought to require.


I’ll take a five percent pay cut.


Now, by golly, we’ve got a speech!

40 Responses to Obama Revises Washington’s First Inaugural Address

  1. I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism.


    This disdain for our nation is the driving force behind him.

    • I found the speech awkward and the prose difficult to follow. What is Obama talking about? Was there a point? Perhaps George is crying with us…

  2. The name Obama used on the same page with George Washington should be a Felony under Federal Law. The first is a mouse, the second is a Distinguished Man, a Patriot, an American Hero of the Highest Order. Obama is dispicable human being, a rat of the lowest order. I am sorry but those are the nicest things that I can say about him without lying. Going back in history we come upon a scene of two young boys with shining new hatchets, and both chopping down cherry trees in their side by side houses. In the second scene we see the the young George with his hatchet standing next to the cherry tree saying “Father I cannot tell a lie. I chopped your cherry tree down”. In the third scene we see young Barack with his hatchet hidden behind his back, saying, “Father, I cannot tell a lie, George chopped your cherry tree down.”

        • Looking to Mt. Rushmore, the following occurs:

          On the one hand we have a leader whose head is eternally etched in stone. On the other we have someone who seems to have infernal rocks in his head. On the one hand we have the very first President. On the other we have a man for whom nearly everything must be “unprecedented”. On the one hand, we have a great leader of men, a true warrior of many campaigns who put country before self. On the other we have a celebrity for low information voters whose campaigning knows no ends.

          These two men are at opposite ends of our Presidential lineage in many ways, and I doubt that George would be pleased with where things have gone.

    • Remember when his people went into the presidential website and inserted something about obama in almost every biography? The man’s ego vastly exceeds his intelligence or accomplishments. Truly great men speak for themselves in history and don’t need to be reinvented through propaganda.

  3. It’s not easy reading when the comparison between G.Washington and B.Obama is so glaring and stark.

    We’ve drifted so far from the original intent of self-government and religious freedom that we sometimes forget what the United States represented to other world governments. Other nations and their Kings and Queens must have viewed the defeat of the powerful English war machine by a rag-tag citizen militia as something unimaginable.
    Someday, maybe sooner than we think, the rag-tag citizens might again have to take up arms against the tyranny of a modern government that has restricted our right to self-government and religious freedom.

    I wholeheartedly agree with Richard W. that Barack Obama could not possilbly be compared to the humble and honorable George Washington.

  4. What an arrogant jackass! Where does this idiot get off thinking he can plagerize and rewrite anyone’s speech, let alone George Washington. I’ll bet he did the same sort of crap when he was an “attorney” or a “professor.” I don’t think this jerk can do anything on his own, including acting like a man who is president of the United States of America.(the word ‘president’ is deliberately non-capitalized because Obummer is in the oval office at the present time. He deserves NO respect.)

    • What an arrogant jackass! Where does this idiot get off thinking he can plagerize and rewrite anyone’s speech, let alone George Washington.


      You do realize that Keith wrote it, don’t you?

  5. A very thoughtful post, Keith, to which no addenda are needed. BUT, I believe Washington was offered a monarchy and turned it down whereas Obama has sought an imperial presidency with fiat powers.

  6. As far as Obama’s speeches go, it appears that he doesn’t even care to read or memorize any part of HIS SPEECHES before he gives them, it looks like other people write his speeches and then he just reads them. Never looks up, just has to keep his eyes glued on the pages. Nice, isn’t it that he is not qualified and lets everyone else do the work, he just probably reads whatever they write for him?? Its just one big party for him! Let ’em eat cake! In Germany he kept his head down just reading his speech and glancing up every few seconds with a blank stare.

  7. OT: No, we’re not dropping dead from the heat in Phoenix.

    The temp hit 116F this afternoon, but is now a comfortable 114F. Sometimes, like today, when it gets this hot, our normally clear blue sky turns a sickly grey. Weird.

    Back in June 1990, the temp topped out at 122F. Now that was hot.
    The airport was closed because the airplane tires were sticking to the tarmac, car batteries just died even when driving, and somebody made a small fortune selling t-shirts.

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    note: my 2 year old grandson’s opinion

    • Oddly, I saw a headline on one site earlier today saying Mandela had passed, and then a couple of hours later the radio news had Oblabla saying that he was declining to seek a photo-op, making himself sound sensitive and respectful, but maybe it was only because the headline I had seen was true…

    • Interesting report. I just read the NYT which hinted that Obama was still hoping to meet–see would be a better word–Mandela. But the Times said there is a great vigil going on there and it seems not much attention is being lavished on the Os.

  9. Obama was on tv this morning giving another speech-teachering. Hummm tour de farce or Tour de France? Hummm both full of dopers and narcissists going round and round. Well at least on one they actually do something.

  10. I followed Chuck Todd’s verbal diarrhea tweets this morning from the Zuma-Obama press conference and this one struck me, relevant to Obama’s newfound George Washington fetish:

    POTUS compares Mandela to George Washington. Notes both knew democracy was bigger than themselves.

    I’m guessing Obama really wanted Zuma to say that about Obama but decided while in SA, Obama better say something nice about Mandela.

  11. Thanks for this Keith.I haven’t read it yet but it is bookmarked. It’s just too darned painful and infuriating to consider these two side by side.

    On FBN this morning there was a discussion about whether taxing food based on caloric content was a good idea or a bad idea. The fact that this is even being considered is bizarre. More and more these socialist ideas are being.

    I am going to hang with the boy who refused to submit regarding his wearing of an NRA tee shirt (they eventually backed off) and Hobby
    Lobby who stands on their faith (the government backs off).

  12. Although the founding fathers seemed to understand human nature in many ways, they made a grave error in their belief that honorable men would be elected to serve the people. They also erred in thinking Americans would believe in and honor God in the future. If they truly had understood human history, they would have limited all political and judicial elections to prevent the tendency of man to abuse power, which is evident in human history.