"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."
Abraham Lincoln, March 4, 1865.
Inauguration Day takes place every four years during the commencement of a new President of the United States. Until Franklin D. Roosevelt second term as president, Inauguration Day occurred on the anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, March 4th. From 1937 and onward, Inauguration Day occurs on January 20th every four years with the president-elect taking the oath of the presidency, parades, speeches, fancy balls, and of course the Inaugural Address.
The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court holds the honor of swearing in the President: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Inaugural addresses share the President's vision of the future of the United States. This old time radio collection includes every Presidential Inaugural Speech since Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 4, 1933.
Included in this collection are Inaugural addresses from Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR), Harry Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon. Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama.
"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." Franklin D. Roosevelt, March 4, 1933.
"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, Jan. 20, 1961.
"In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." Ronald Reagan, Jan. 20, 1981.