My Fellow Americans: Memorable Inauguration Speech Quotations

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  • What's in a Speech?
  • Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1861
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt, March 4, 1933
  • John F. Kennedy, Jan. 20, 1961
  • Lyndon B. Johnson, Jan. 20, 1965
  • Richard M. Nixon, Jan. 20, 1973
  • Gerald Ford, Aug. 9, 1974 (after Nixon's resignation)
  • Ronald Reagan, Jan. 20, 1981
  • George H.W. Bush, Jan. 20, 1989
  • Bill Clinton, Jan. 20, 1993
  • George W. Bush, Jan. 20, 2001
  • Barack Obama, Jan. 20, 2009

What's in a Speech?

The presidential inauguration speech is an oratorical tradition begun by George Washington in 1789. It is an opportunity to not only mark the start of the president's term of office and outline goals, but also to heal, inspire or unite the nation. Here are some of the most memorable lines.  Joyce Jones

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