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Vernon Jordan '57 Discusses Obama Inaugural Address on CBS

January 20, 2009

Vernon Jordan Tight 44.jpgJanuary 20, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — "There was no crescendo moment and I think it was intended that way," Vernon Jordan says of President Barack Obama's inaugural address today. Jordan, who served as an adviser to Presidents Clinton and Carter and is a 1957 graduate of DePauw University, discussed today's event with CBS Evening News anchor Katie Couric. "Instead, Jordan described the speech as one about governing, one that fostered a 'let's do it together' attitude toward the challenges facing the nation," notes an Associated Press report.

"Our challenges may be new," President Obama told the huge crowd, which stretched from the inaugural platform at the U.S. Capitol toward the Lincoln Memorial. "The instruments with which we meet them may be new. But those values upon which our success depends -- hard work and honesty, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism -- these things are old. These things are true. They have been the quiet force of progress throughout our history," the new president declared.

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Vernon E. Jordan Jr. is the former president of the National Urban League and an advisory member of DePauw's Board of Trustees. He recently published Make It Plain: Standing Up and Speaking Out. Learn more about him in this recent article.

The manager of Barack Obama's presidential campaign, David Plouffe, will visit DePauw on February 2 as a Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecturer. Details can be found here.

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