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“Depth/s of Winter”

“Depth of winter”.

The phrase that caught my attention. Bill Clinton used this phrase in his 1993 Inaugural Address:

“This ceremony is held in the depth of winter. But, by the words we speak and the faces we show the world, we force the Spring.”

Barack Obama used the same phrase in his Victory Speech yesterday:

“What began 21 months ago in the depths of winter cannot end on this autumn night”.

Bill Clinton has no story behind his usage of the above phrase but he used the phrase “force the Spring” in memory of Father Tim Healy, a former president of Georgetown University. In his book, “My Life”, Clinton narrated that friends of Father Healy “found in his typewriter the beginning of a letter to me that included language for the inaugural speech. His phrase ‘force the spring’ struck to all of us”. Considering this tribute, I think the phrase “depths of winter” was used to be consistent with the imagery projected by the phrase “force the Spring”.

Is Obama, or Obama’s writers, aware of this similarity in the two Presidents speeches? I would be very interested to know the story behind Obama’s… if there is one.

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