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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Bill Clinton's First Inaugural Address

Bill Clinton defeated incumbent President George H.W. Bush in 1992, when the country was in the midst of an economic recession. Yet his speech largely focused on America’s place in the world during an era of unprecedented economic and political globalization: “There is no longer division between what is foreign and what is domestic—the world economy, the world environment, the world AIDS crisis, the world arms race—they affect us all.”

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