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Franklin D. Roosevelt – First Inaugural Address

Franklin D. Roosevelt – First Inaugural Address

Sep 29, 2012

March 4th, 1933 President Hoover, Mr. Chief Justice, my friends: This is a day of national consecration, and I am certain that on this day my fellow Americans expect that on my induction into the Presidency I will address them with a candor and a decision which the present situation of our people impels. This is preeminently the time to speak the truth, the...

Abraham Lincoln – First Inaugural Address

Abraham Lincoln – First Inaugural Address

Sep 29, 2012

MARCH 4, 1861 FELLOW-CITIZENS OF THE UNITED STATES:—In compliance with a custom as old as the Government itself, I appear before you to address you briefly, and to take in your presence the oath prescribed by the Constitution of the United States to be taken by the President “before he enters on the execution of his office.” I do not consider it...

Abraham Lincoln – Second Inaugural Address

Abraham Lincoln – Second Inaugural Address

Sep 27, 2012

MARCH 4, 1865 FELLOW-COUNTRYMEN:—At this second appearing to take the oath of the presidential office there is less occasion for an extended address than there was at the first. Then a statement somewhat in detail of a course to be pursued seemed fitting and proper. Now, at the expiration of four years, during which public declarations have been constantly...

Ronald W. Reagan – Inaugural Address

Ronald W. Reagan – Inaugural Address

Sep 25, 2012

Ronald W. Reagan – Inaugural Address Tuesday, January 20, 1981 Listen to the audio: Ronald W. Reagan – Inaugural Address Senator Hatfield, Mr. Chief Justice, Mr. President, Vice President Bush, Vice President Mondale, Senator Baker, Speaker O’Neill, Reverend Moomaw, and my fellow citizens: To a few of us here today, this is a solemn and most...

John F. Kennedy – Inaugural Address

John F. Kennedy – Inaugural Address

Sep 22, 2012

JFK’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961, 12:11 EST Listen to the audio: John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom. . . symbolizing an end as well as a beginning. . .signifying renewal as well as change for I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forbears prescribed...