Presidential rhetoric offers numerous examples of the President acting in this capacity, particularly during times of crisis. Let’s consider, for example, these words from the opening of Obama’s 2010 State of the Union, in the midst of the worst financial crisis since the 1930s,
It’s tempting to look back on these moments and assume that progress was inevitable, and that America was always destined to succeed. In the history of United States there were times that tested the courage of convictions and the strength of Americans’ Union. And despite all the divisions and disagreements, hesitations and fears, America prevailed because Americans chose to move forward as one Nation, as one people. Again, they were tested. And again, they had to answer history’s call.
Or this from Franklin Roosevelt in his 1942 State of the Union, barely a month after the Japanese attack on Pearl Habor,