President Bush’s thousand points of light

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“A thousand points of light.” The phrase was used by George H.W. Bush in his speech accepting the presidential nomination at the 1988 Republican National Convention in New Orleans. Written for Bush by Peggy Noonan and Craig R. Smith, the address likened America's clubs and volunteer organizations to “a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light in a broad and peaceful sky.”

He repeated the phrase in his inaugural address on January 20, 1989:

 

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