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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Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Second Inaugural Address

Buoyed by a decisive re-election victory—including strong gains by the Democratic Party in Congress—Roosevelt laid out his continuing plans to bring America out of the Great Depression. “I see one-third of a nation ill-housed, ill-clad, ill-nourished,” the president said. But Roosevelt counseled hope instead of despair, arguing that government has the “innate capacity to protect its people” and “to solve problems once considered unsolvable.”

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