The cable news talking heads have spent hundreds of hours speculating about the contents of Obama's inauguration address. One persistent question seems to be whether, like JFK, he will deliver a call to service.
It's an interesting question. I'm not sure how America, or the world, would respond to a call to serve. We are different people, in a different time. Generally we are probably more apathetic than we were in 1961, but more importantly we likely have less time to serve. I suspect that in a bad economy Americans are working harder and longer than usual, and those who aren't working are probably putting their efforts in to finding work. That may not leave a lot of time for public service.
Still, it would be nice to see if we could collectively rise to "ask what we can do for our country."