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Quotable Kansans - January 20, 2017

Chief Justice Earl Warren administering the oath of office to Dwight D. Eisenhower on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, January 21, 1957. (Photo via Library of Congress)

Q: Which quotable Kansan said this: "We pray that our concern shall be for all the people, regardless of station, race or calling. May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who hold to differing political faiths."  
 
(Need a hint? This passage was included in a speech delivered 64 years ago today, on January 20, 1953.)


 
A: Dwight Eisenhower (during his inauguration) 
 
President Dwight D. Eisenhower took the oath of office on Tuesday, January 20, 1953. Before delivering his inaugural address, the president offered a prayer, the text of which reads
 
"My friends, before I begin the expression of those thoughts that I deem appropriate to this moment, would you permit me the privilege of uttering a little private prayer of my own. And I ask that you bow your heads. Almighty God, as we stand here at this moment my future associates in the Executive branch of Government join me in beseeching that Thou will make full and complete our dedication to the service of the people in this throng, and their fellow citizens everywhere. Give us, we pray, the power to discern clearly right from wrong, and allow all our words and actions to be governed thereby, and by the laws of this land. Especially we pray that our concern shall be for all the people regardless of station, race or calling. May cooperation be permitted and be the mutual aim of those who, under the concepts of our Constitution, hold to differing political faiths, so that all may work for the good of our beloved country and Thy glory. Amen."
 
Eisenhower, affectionately called "Ike," served two terms as president. His administration is remembered for the creation of the Interstate Highway System and NASA. Ike signed the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and sent federal troops to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce school desegregation, as ordered by the U.S. Supreme Court in Brown v. Topeka Board of Education. Eisenhower died in 1969 and is buried in his boyhood hometown of Abilene, which is where you'll find his presidential library and museum.  
 
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