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 Second Inaugural Address

During his campaign for re-election in 1996, President Clinton promoted the theme of building a bridge to the 21st century. His second inaugural speech touched upon the same theme, and Clinton spoke optimistically about setting “our sights upon a land of new promise.” In a twist on President Reagan’s famous line from his first inaugural, Clinton said: “Government is not the problem, and government is not the solution. We—the American people—we are the solution.”

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