Monday, January 19, 2009

The Washington Times Lands Exclusive Pre-Inaugural Statement by President-elect Obama

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President-elect Barack Obama has written an Inauguration Eve essay exclusively for The Washington Times that calls on Americans to embrace the values of their heroes - from Thomas Jefferson to Martin Luther King - and to "break free from rigid ideology and small thinking" to work together to conquer this generation's greatest problems.

The essay is showcased on the front page of today (Monday's) editions of The Times and can also be viewed at Monday's edition of the newspaper also features an exclusive essay by Martin Luther King III examining his father's legacy and Obama's role in fulfilling The Dream.

The exclusive essay to The Washington Times follows in a tradition begun by then President-elect Clinton, continued through President-elect George W. Bush and now President-elect Obama.

Today's exclusive essay gives a historical perspective through Presidents Jefferson, Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Kennedy, references today's challenges and states that in these times of great challenge and great change, "...while our problems may be new, what is required to overcome them is not. What is required is the same perseverance and idealism that our Founders displayed. What is also required is that we break through from rigid ideology and small thinking, and together grab hold of this opportunity to bridge partisan divides and delivery change for the American people."

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