And in his golden voice, with its Massachusetts's accent and ringing timbre, he also intoned, "Let the word go forth...that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans..."
Now it's time to transfer the ownership of that flame with all that it signifies yet again.
Who will bear the torch, keep the flame burning, and renew the promise of this great nation?
Who but Barack Obama and Joe Biden?!
Only they prove fit and able to step up to the challenge.
The Republican taste of nasty, accusatory rhetoric has dried with a horrible aftertaste in America's mouths. Too many years of bloodshed, haggard diplomacy, and financial disaster have taught us the harsh lessons of this early millennium.
Let's get real - down dirty and personal!
Sarah Palin's new wardrobe has earned her no respect, as she continues to make gaff after gaff in speech after speech.
John McCain's orations remain replete with ragged mentions of "Joe the plumber."
But another Joe, Senator Biden, hit the nail on the head with a heavy hammer here in Pueblo, Colorado when he said to the nation, as his father had said to him: "Get up, champ, and get back in the game! America, get up!"
The game he was referring to is, of course, that of how we run this country, with a government not just for it, but by it.
We've come to a unique crossroads at a time unparalleled in our history.
Pretty much the entirety of the State of the Union stinks with the odor of mismanagement. I reference the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, our beleaguered diplomatic relations, the threat of Iran to wipe Israel from the face of the earth, our dependence upon foreign oil, Putin's new alliances with Venezuela's Hugo Chavéz and war games with arms sales to compliment it, the ongoing ethnic cleansing in Georgia next to Russia, the lethal atrocities of Dar Fur, the starvation and disease in not just third world countries but our own, the North Korean threat, worldwide inflation, and the beleaguered environment becoming ever yet more violent with its weather.
Of course, I could go on, but I would find myself applying the same damning epithets to every other situation I could conceive of mentioning.
Where will it all end?
It's my hope that it will all come to terms with a new, and Democratic term in the White House and both Congressional houses!