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Engage: A New Era of Responsibility

Story posted January 27, 2009

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Oftentimes, Presidents are judged by their first 100 days in office.  President Obama has called for a 'new era of responsibility' and has committed his own leadership to creating positive change.  However, his inaugural address clearly puts responsibility for solving our nations problems in the hands of  American citizens as well.  Perhaps, his first 100 days are ours as well.

“What is required of us now is a new era of responsibility — a recognition, on the part of every American, that we have duties to ourselves, our nation, and the world, duties that we do not grudgingly accept but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit, so defining of our character, than giving our all to a difficult task.”  President Barack Obama, Inaugural Address, Tuesday, January 20, 2009

In these first 100 days … how do we interpret this new era of responsibility, and how does this interpretation manifest itself in our attitudes and actions? 

What are the duties we must seize gladly?  What are the difficult tasks we must undertake as individuals to benefit society? As a community?

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