One of the most quotable lines from President Obama’s inaugural address was likely inspired from a Depression-era musical comedy called “Swing Time.”
In his speech, Mr. Obama said, “Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.”
In the 1936 film. Fred Astair and Ginger Rogers sing a duet called “Pick Myself Up,” with the lines, “Nothing’s impossible I have found/ For when my chin is on the ground/ I pick myself up/ Dust myself off/ And start all over again.”
The lyrics were written by Dorothy Fields and the music by Jerome Kern.