Inaugural address

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The Inaugural Address is the speech by an elected American President just after he is sworn into office on January 20th by the Chief Justice. The Twentieth Amendment advanced the date for the new president to take office from March 4th to January 20th, in order to reduce the lame duck period.

Here are some notable quotes from past Inaugural Addresses:

President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1933): "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."

President Harry S Truman (1949): "The American people stand firm in the faith which has inspired this Nation from the beginning. We believe that all men have a right to equal justice under law and equal opportunity to share in the common good."

President Dwight Eisenhower (1953): "A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."

President John F. Kennedy (1961): "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country."

President Lyndon B. Johnson (1965): "Our fate as a nation and our future as a people rest not upon one citizen but upon all citizens."

President Richard M. Nixon (1969): "We cannot learn from one another until we stop shouting at one another--until we speak quietly enough so that our words can be heard as well as our voices."

President Gerald Ford (1974): "I believe that truth is the glue that holds government together, not only our government but civilization itself."

President Jimmy Carter (1977): "'What does the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.'"

President Ronald Reagan (1981): "In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem."

President George H.W. Bush (1989): "I have just repeated word for word the oath taken by George Washington 200 years ago, and the Bible on which I place my hand is the Bible on which he placed his."

President Bill Clinton (1993): "There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be fixed by what is right with America."

President George W. Bush (2001): "We are guided by a power larger than ourselves, Who creates us equal in His image."