'Pick Myself Up'

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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.

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James Morrison

James Morrison

James Morrison joined the The Washington Times in 1983 as a local reporter covering Alexandria, Va. A year later, he was assigned to open a Times bureau in Canada. From 1987 to 1989, Mr. Morrison was The Washington Times reporter in London, covering Britain, Western Europe and NATO issues. After returning to Washington, he served as an assistant foreign editor ...

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