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Presidential Inaugural Address Comparison
Transcript of Presidential Inaugural Address Comparison
Jan 23 & 24
Read each quote.
Identify the meaning.
“[O]ur time of standing pat, of protecting narrow interests and putting off unpleasant decisions — that time has surely passed. Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America.” –Barack Obama, First Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 2009
President George W. Bush
“Our democracy must be not only the envy of the world but the engine of our own renewal. There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.” - Bill Clinton, First Inaugural Address, Jan. 21, 1993
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.” - Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, March 4, 1865
“So it is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.” - George W. Bush, Second Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 2005
“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.” - Ronald Reagan, First Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1981
“This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance” - Franklin D. Roosevelt, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1933.
“The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.” - John F.Kennedy, Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1961
“Justice requires us to remember that when any citizen denies his fellow, saying, ‘His color is not mine,’ or ‘His beliefs are strange and different,’ in that moment he betrays America, though his forebears created this nation.” - Lyndon B. Johnson, Inaugural Address, Jan 20, 1965
“But every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.” – Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801
President George H. W. Bush
“America is never wholly herself unless she is engaged in high moral principle. We as a people have such a purpose today. It is to make kinder the face of the nation and gentler the face of the world.” - George H.W. Bush, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1989