Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

IN THE PRESS

'Never again': Florida school students become new face of US gun reform

Read more

IN THE PRESS

Quel Pied! Martin Fourcade skis to gold medal victory by 'inch of his foot'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

South Africa's Ramaphosa hails 'new dawn' in state of the nation address

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

A controversial Chinese New Year

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

New Beginning? Ramaphosa Replaces Zuma in South Africa

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

On the green slopes: An eco-friendly revolution in French ski resorts?

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

The Élysée palace, France's presidential powerhouse

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Is the aviation industry free-riding on climate change efforts?

Read more

FOCUS

The revival of the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway line

Read more

Americas

Inauguration speeches tell US history

Text by Mary MAC CARTHY

Latest update : 2009-01-20

Here's a look back at some of the most famous inauguration ceremonies and speeches in US history.

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, March 4, 1933:

It was a day of celebration in Washington, even though the country had been in a deep depression for the past three years. "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," said the new president, announcing his determination to pull the country out of the crisis.



John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961:

Snow had fallen all night, making many people late to the inauguration ceremony. JFK was, at 43, the youngest president ever elected to lead the United States.

His speech was short, but quickly entered the annals of history.



William Jefferson Clinton, 1993

Clinton's election brought an end to a 12-year reign of Republican presidents. Speaking without notes, he promised to usher in an era of renewal and a return to the American dream for citizens from all walks of life.



George W. Bush, 2001:

Freezing rain and small crowds came out for George Walker Bush's inauguration in 2001.

After a 36-day battle over a vote recount in Florida, amid allegations of a stolen election, the 43rd president of the United States made a call for unity.


Barack Obama, 2009:

Given the historic nature of Obama's election, this year's inauguration celebrations have already drawn bigger crowds to Washington than any in recent history.

Date created : 2009-01-20

COMMENT(S)