I was just speculating that the culture might be changing, and I was talking about when youre involved with making decisions of historic nature, you wont be around to see the effects of your decisions. And I said that when I work the ropelines, a lot of people come and say, Mr. President, Im praying for you -- a lot. As a matter of fact, it seems like a lot more now than when I was working ropelines in 1994. And I asked them -- I was asking their opinion about whether or not there was a Third Awakening, I called it.
Id just read a book on Abraham Lincoln, and his presidency was right around the time of what they called the Second Awakening, and I was curious to know whether or not these smart people felt like there was any historical parallels. I also said that I had run for office the first time to change a culture -- Herman and Hutch remember me saying, you know, the culture that said, if it feels good, do it, and, if youve got a problem, blame somebody else -- to helping to work change a culture in which each of us are responsible for the decisions we make in life. In other words, ushering in a responsibility era. And I reminded people that responsibility means if youre a father, love your child; if youre corporate America, be honest with the taxpayers; if youre a citizen of this country, love your neighbor.
I called attention to his previously stated intentions here.