My Fellow Americans: Memorable Inauguration Speech Quotations

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  • 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
  • Richard M. Nixon, Jan. 20, 1973
  • Gerald Ford, Aug. 9, 1974 (after Nixon's resignation)

Barack Obama, Jan. 20, 2009

"This is the meaning of our liberty and our creed — why men and women and children of every race and every faith can join in celebration across this magnificent mall, and why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath."

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