With respect for our constitution. With stay in the American people with hope for the future of that country I present the people's gavel. To the speaker of the house. John Boehner high and. You know... See More
With respect for our constitution. With stay in the American people with hope for the future of that country I present the people's gavel. To the speaker of the house. John Boehner high and. You know we meet again -- democracy's great. Port of call. Every 22 years. At this hour. Of the constitution brings a new order to this house. And it's an interlude for reflection. A glimpse of old troops. And to our new members and her family is -- -- just say welcome. I know your -- a bit awestruck at this moment. History -- runs through of this building. And now -- -- among a select few to share this privilege. And for those -- who were returning. Who've walked these -- before. Maybe it's time we get a little awestruck again. In all the -- our founders envisioned it the republic will be led by citizens who recognized that. Of the blessings that we received by governing ourselves. And it requires that we -- of something of ourselves. Everything depended on this. So they're meeting each other and their successors. -- swear an oath of allegiance. In a few moments I'll take this oath. Of for the twelfth time. As -- -- representative. -- from the eighth district of Ohio. It is word for word the same oath but we altered. And note that it makes no mention of party or faction or type. Contains no reference to agendas or to platforms. -- -- To the constitution. The one addition we dare mayor gives George Washington ended at the very first and our world is to invoke -- -- Of our. Heavenly father. This governor makes a servants -- posterity. It calls us to refuse the poll a passing interest and follow the fixed star of a more perfect union. Put simply. Were served here not to be something. But to do something. Or as I like to -- what. Doing the right thing. It's a big job and it comes with big challenges. Our government has built up too much debt. Our economy is not producing enough jobs. And these are not separate problems. As sixteen trillion dollars and -- in our national debt is draining free enterprise and weakening the ship of state. The American dream is imperiled. So long as its namesake has weighed down. By this anchor of -- Break its hold would begin to set our economy for -- will come home and confidence will come back. And we do this not just a boost GDP or reduce unemployment. But to secure for our children. A future of freedom and opportunity. And frankly nothing is more important. As abortion and wrote in his farewell address. As -- and wrote in his farewell address. We should not throw upon posterity. The burden which we ourselves ought to bear. Well that burden is -- And so is the opportunity. There's no substitute for the wisdom of the people. We hear are their servants. As speaker. I pledged to listen and to do all -- akin to help all of you carry out your oath of office the -- about all about the state. Because our hearts we know it's wrong to pass this debt on to our kids -- her grandkids. Now we have to be well. Truly -- in. To make this problem right. Public service was never meant to be an easy living. Extraordinary challenges demand extraordinary leadership. So you've come here to see your name up in the lights are passed off a political victory at some accomplishment. You've -- -- the wrong place. The doors right behind -- If you come here -- Humbled. By the opportunity to assure. If you come here to be that determine voice. Of the people. If you've come -- to -- -- standard of leadership demanded not by our constituents but by the times. Then you've -- the right place. There is a time for every purpose under heaven. -- for the -- thirteen congress. It is -- time to rise. -- today is -- a verdict -- read maybe it. It's that that we well and faithfully done our duty to ensure freedom. In. That freedom will indoor and prevailed. So help us god. Do you solemnly swear or reform. That you will support and defend the constitution. Of the United States against all enemies foreign -- domestic. The -- bear true faith and allegiance to -- -- That you take this obligation freely. Without any mental reservation. Or purpose of abrasion. And that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which you're about to enter. So help you got. I do. Congratulations.
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