Behind Inaugural Speeches, Meaningful Words

What words do presidents focus on most in their inaugural addresses? Explore speeches, from Washington to Obama

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Theodore Roosevelt's Inaugural Address

Theodore Roosevelt took his first oath of office following the assassination of President William McKinley in 1901. In 1904, Roosevelt was elected to the White House, winning 56 percent of the popular vote. His inauguration was a festive affair, with a contingent of Rough Riders joining in the procession. But the tone of Roosevelt’s inaugural speech was somber, as he used the occasion to call attention to the unprecedented challenges facing the United States during an era of rapid industrialization: “[The] growth in wealth, in population, and in power as this nation has seen during the century and a quarter of its national life is inevitably accompanied by a like growth in the problems which are ever before every nation that rises to greatness.”

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