As the election process unfolded yesterday, an uncommon thought raced through my gray matter.  “I wonder how far back do I have to dig in the archives to find examples of a President of the United States speaking?”  Not exactly the universal thought process, eh.

However, I was surprised to find the earliest recordings of a sitting president date back to Woodrow Wilson pre-World War 1.  However, there were recordings of Teddy Roosevelt available, but those were as he was campaigning against Wilson in 1912 and he had been out of office for a while.

Every POTUS has encountered challenges and encouraged the constituency along the way.  The signature words came from FDR addressing the nation after the U.S. was “suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.”  A bold JFK emboldens a nation to join the race to outer space by exhorting, “We choose to go the moon in this decade…not because they are easy but because they are hard.”  President Nixon in disgrace capitulates with the sentence, “Therefore I shall resign the Presidency at noon tomorrow.”  With President Regan challenging his Soviet counterpart, “Mr. Gorbechev, tear down this wall.”

The challenges and triumphs lie ahead for this nation and we look to our leaders and within ourselves to meet them.  May God Bless you and may God Bless the United States of America.

DP