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 Second Inaugural Address

Barack Obama’s second inaugural address reiterated his campaign theme of fairness, explaining that a nation can’t succeed "when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it.” Starting many statements with “we, the people,” Obama called on citizens to work together to achieve an agenda that was lauded by liberals but criticized by conservatives. He became the first president to reference protecting gay rights in an inaugural address, and highlighted climate change, declaring, “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms.”(Written by Marina Koren)

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