Thanks to U.S. 1’s “Barack’s Burden: Rescuing the Economy” and the views from the “Kitchen Cabinet” commentators! Very well done, and the best U.S. 1 lunchtime read in a while. Let’s hear more from these interesting folks.

And, by the way, wasn’t it Princeton/Trenton/Washington Crossing that President Obama was referring to in his inaugural address when he said:

“So let us mark this day with remembrance, of who we are and how far we have traveled. In the year of America’s birth [1776], in the coldest of months, a small band of patriots huddled by dying campfires on the shores of an icy river. The capital was abandoned. The enemy was advancing. The snow was stained with blood. At a moment when the outcome of our revolution was most in doubt, the father of our nation ordered these words be read to the people:

‘Let it be told to the future world. . .that in the depth of winter, when nothing but hope and virtue could survive. . .that the city and the country, alarmed at one common danger, came forth to meet (it).’”

I wonder what Cate Litvack (Crossroads of the Revolution, also quoted in U.S. 1’s advice to the new president) might have to say about the reference.

Stephen Ryan

Ryan is marketing director for Moravia Worldwide, a translation and localization service provider headquartered in the Czech Republic with an office in Princeton Forrestal Village.

Cate Litvack responds:

New Jerseyans owe a debt of thanks to President Obama for conveying to the nation the significance of our state in the creation of the United States. For all of us who are engaged in promoting the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area in New Jersey, President Obama’s remarks in his inaugural address were thrilling to hear. Nearing the end of his address, he referred to the dire straits of the Continental Army just prior to the pivotal events in our nation’s history that occurred at Washington’s Crossing, and the Battles of Trenton and Princeton.

The President’s words will certainly help us with our mission to foster the conservation, preservation, and interpretation of New Jersey’s Revolutionary War heritage in ways that enhance public understanding about the people, places, and events that transformed the course of American history and instill a sense of pride in New Jersey’s citizens about this heritage.

Cate Litvack

Litvack is the executive director Crossroads of the American Revolution Association.

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