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Communications, the bedrock of Inauguration Day

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As a public relations and communications professional today is our ‘superbowl’, the ‘gold-medal’ event for people who wish to stir, educate, inspire and send a message far and wide.  Some send messages in their job with a touch down, or an eighth gold medal, but today it is with something truly mightier than the sword.  Words with a message.  A voice that sends out a vision.  A time to invigorate and motivate.  A time to promote, this time an idea called CHANGE.  A way to speak to many with tools valued by those who love the word, the message, and the delivery.

I do not believe in discussing politics at work, but anywhere else it is always top-of-mind for me.  Not a surprise to those who know me best to those who have read my profile on newlycorporate.  I do encourage our readers to take a moment and reflect the words from the past that inspired a country every four years from men who were called by their nation to lead her.  The following are excerpts from our last four Presidents.  

I kick off this celebration for Communicator’s, with ‘the great communicator’ himself;

Ronald Reagan – January 20, 1981

…The crisis we are facing today does not require of us the kind of sacrifice that Martin Treptow and so many thousands of others were called upon to make. It does require, however, our best effort, and our willingness to believe in ourselves and to believe in our capacity to perform great deeds; to believe that together, with God’s help, we can and will resolve the problems which now confront us. -

George H.W. Bush – January 20, 1989

…And so, there is much to do. And tomorrow the work begins. And I do not mistrust the future. I do not fear what is ahead. For our problems are large, but our heart is larger. Our challenges are great, but our will is greater. And if our flaws are endless, God’s love is truly boundless. ??Some see leadership as high drama and the sound of trumpets calling, and sometimes it is that. But I see history as a book with many pages, and each day we fill a page with acts of hopefulness and meaning. The new breeze blows, a page turns, the story unfolds. And so, today a chapter begins, a small and stately story of unity, diversity, and generosity—shared, and written, together

Bill Clinton – January 20, 1993

…And so, my fellow Americans, at the edge of the 21st Century, let us begin with energy and hope, with faith and discipline, and let us work until the work is done. The scripture says, “And let us not be weary in well-doing , for in due season, we shall reap, if we faint not.  From this joyful mountaintop of celebration, we hear a call to service in the valley. We have heard the trumpets. We have changed the guard. And now, each in our own way, and with God’s help, we must answer the call.

George W. Bush – January 20, 2005

…History has an ebb and flow of justice, but history also has a visible direction set by liberty and the author of liberty. When the Declaration of Independence was first read in public and the Liberty Bell was sounded in celebration, a witness said, “It rang as if it meant something.” In our time it means something still.  America, in this young century, proclaims liberty throughout all the world and to all the inhabitants thereof. Renewed in our strength—tested, but not weary—we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.

 

*If you can, tune in online form your desk, grab your ipod earphones and listen.  For words on this day are more valuable than a trophy and more costly than gold.  Seth travis is a generation Y young professional that values communications, and offers is thoughts on that and other top-of-mind ideas at work and play.

3 Comments

  1. “we are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom.”

    yeah, these last 8 years didn’t work out so well for George.

  2. Great idea for a post, Seth.

    Your comments about Reagan fit in very well with our post, 5 Lessons We Can Learn From Presidents. http://www.upmo.com/blog/inauguration-day-5-lessons-we-can-learn-from-presidents
    Look for the link!

  3. I grew up remembering a quote posted on a wall of a private school that I attended and it read; “Thoughts become words, words become actions, actions become morals and morals become your destiny.” Each, and every one of these former presidents should freely, be given the respect that they deserve in remembrance that motive was soon to follow the words that they confidently delivered to we the people. Some of these motives, I believe, are still in the making of our destiny. Let’s embrace each one of these highly motivated presidents, rather than merely point fingers. Good post Seth!

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