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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Barack Obama's First Inaugural Address

Barack Obama's inaugural address cited the historic change his presidency represents and candidly recognized the many challenges facing the nation in his term ahead, from war abroad to economic turmoil at home. "The challenges we face are real. They are serious, and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time," he declared. "But know this, America—they will be met." He promised "bold and swift action" to restore the economy. "Starting today, we must pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and begin again the work of remaking America."

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