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January 19, 2013

Shribman: Obama’s inaugural: Where would he have us go?

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He proved that broad statements can have specific meanings; this passage is engraved on the Washington headquarters of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and its goals have been part of the American social compact for a century and a half.

And the man who spoke volumes with only 272 words at a Gettysburg cemetery dedication set a standard for inaugural addresses in 1865 at exactly 700 words.

If you’re keeping score at home, that’s about 300 fewer than this column.

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North Shore native and Pulitzer Prize winner David M. Shribman is executive editor of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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