Club of 16: If You Thought Getting Elected the First Time Was Hard...
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"I shall not attempt to describe the grateful emotions which the new and very distinguished proof of the confidence of my fellow-citizens, evinced by my reelection to this high trust, has excited in my bosom.
The approbation which it announces of my conduct in the preceding term affords me a consolation which I shall profoundly feel through life.
The general accord with which it has been expressed adds to the great and never-ceasing obligations which it imposes. To merit the continuance of this good opinion, and to carry it with me into my retirement as the solace of advancing years, will be the object of my most zealous and unceasing efforts.
-From his second inaugural address, James Monroe (1817-1825)