As I was reading through an article written about President Obama visiting Fort Hood today I got choked up several times while I was reading his speech. A speech prepared by this man...
Jonathan Favreau is a genius with words and at pulling heart strings (of French Canadian decent no less).
I noticed it first, obviously, while Pres. Obama was on the campaign trail.
Seriously, that boy can write.
And again today:
"Here is what you must also know: Your loved ones endure through the life of our nation."
"Every evening that the sun sets on a tranquil town; every dawn that a flag is unfurled; every moment that an American enjoys life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — that is their legacy,"
"Neither this country -- nor the values upon which we were founded -- could exist without men and women like these 13 Americans."
" Their lives speak to the strength, the dignity, the decency of those who serve, and that's how they will be remembered."
"In an age of selfishness, they embody responsibility. In an era of division, they call upon us to come together. In a time of cynicism, they remind us of who we are as Americans."
"We are a nation that endures because of the courage of those who defend it."
"But as we honor the many generations who have served, all of us -- every single American -- must acknowledge that this generation has more than proved itself the equal of those who've come before. We need not look to the past for greatness, because it is before our very eyes."
"Long after they are laid to rest -- when the fighting has finished, and our nation has endured; when today's servicemen and women are veterans, and their children have grown -- it will be said that this generation believed under the most trying of tests; believed in perseverance -- not just when it was easy, but when it was hard; that they paid the price and bore the burden to secure this nation, and stood up for the values that live in the hearts of all free peoples."