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President Donald J. Finally, we must think big and dream even bigger. John Adamsstill smarting over the outcome of the election ofdid not remain in Washington to witness the inauguration of Thomas Jeffersonhis successor.
This is your celebration. But I have asserted a firm conviction, a conviction rooted in my faith in God and my faith in the American people, that working together we can move beyond some of our old racial wounds, and that in fact we have no choice.
These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public. For in your time, we have the opportunity to move not only toward the rich society and the powerful society, but upward to the Great Society. Your imagination and your initiative and your indignation will determine whether we build a society where progress is the servant of our needs, or a society where old values and new visions are buried under unbridled growth.
Kennedy's "ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country" challenges Americans across the decades. Together, we will determine the course of America and the world for years to come.