You never know when you’ll be whisked away on Air Force One to have dinner with the President of the United States, important diplomats and visiting dignitaries, so it’s important to always listen to your mother, wear clean underwear and be prepared with a tasteful toast.
When addressing government officials and their VIP entourage you might feel a little pressure regardless if the setting is casual or formal. You don’t want to say the wrong thing and start an international incident and, well, because you’d love to be invited back to the White House.
Fortunately you can rely upon previous presidential prose to ease your anxiety. Use their finely crafted words to present touching sentiments that will well received. Here are a few brief excerpts by past and present leaders that can be adapted for your inaugural reception:
“Let us mark this day with remembrance of who we are and how far we have traveled.”
– Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States of America
“Make the choice to serve in a cause larger than your wants, larger than yourself, and in your days you will add not just to the wealth of our country but to its character.”
– George W. Bush, 43rd President of the United States of America
“Let us shape the hope of this day into the noblest chapter in our history.”
– Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States of America
“Write on our hearts these words: ‘Use power to help people.’”
– George Bush, 41st President of the United States of America
“We must do what we know is right, and do it with all our might.”
– Ronald Reagan, 40th President of the United States of America
These quotes will resonate with every person because they all imply one thing: you make a difference. I truly believe that you are always in the right place at the right time to make a positive difference. You don’t have to solve the entire problem, but merely move it forward for the next person to lend their expertise and move it forward.
Data source: http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/inaugurals.php
Your Turn: What wise words would you share when you visit the White House?