What is it to be an American today? Prosperous, powerful, privileged. Certainly. And yet, it is also troubling. I look around me and find our people divided as never before. Indeed, as at no time since our Civil War. There has been a change, a slippage, in our moral and our intellectual strength. Blight has descended on our regulatory agencies and a dry rot, beginning in Washington, is seeping into every corner of America. Too many of us have lost our way, our will and our sense of historic purpose. It is time for a renewal, a new generation of leadership, healing leadership, but we cannot do it alone, and so I am asking each of you to be pioneers in this renewal, in this healing, in the reclaiming of great American values: Freedom, tolerance and equality of opportunity. Then we can claim our position and responsibilities as leaders of a truly free world. God bless you all, and God bless the United States of America!
John F. Kennedy (Michael C. Hall) movie quote from The Crown, Season 2, Episode 8, Mrs. Kennedy