My Fellow Americans: Memorable Inauguration Speech Quotations

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  • 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
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  • Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1861
  • Franklin Delano Roosevelt, March 4, 1933
  • John F. Kennedy, Jan. 20, 1961
  • Lyndon B. Johnson, Jan. 20, 1965

Ronald Reagan, Jan. 20, 1981

"My fellow citizens, our nation is poised for greatness. We must do what is right and do it with all our might. Let history say of us, 'Those were the golden years when the American Revolution was reborn, when freedom gained new life, when America reached for her best."

(Photo: Courtesy of the Library of Congress)

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