While watching CNN this morning, I heard an excerpt from the speech given by President Obama at his first state dinner. What immediately caught my attention was the fact that Obama seemed to have quoted Immanuel Kant:
“For it’s been said that ‘the most beautiful things in the universe are the starry heavens above us and the feeling of duty within us.’ Mr. Prime Minister, today we worked to fulfill our duty –bring our countries closer together than ever before. Tonight, under the stars, we celebrate the spirit that will sustain our partnership — the bonds of friendship between our people.”
While it would be rather too much to claim that Obama is a Kantian based on this one phrase, it is certainly interesting.