6 Inauguration Addresses
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let us renew our faith and our hope: "we are not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline"
set a standard that has not been matched since. no wars, voluntary term limits, balanced budget, and only a minor whiskey rebellion to tarnish the image
laissez-faire ideologue- tax cuts, declined some congressional spending, "agriculture must stand on an independent business basis"; advocated against kkk
we are all republicans: "we have called by different names brethren of the same principle. we are all republicans, we are all federalists. if there be any among us who would wish to dissolve this union or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated where reason is left free to combat it."
john f. kennedy
ask not: "i do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. the energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. and so, my fellow americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country."
bind up the nation’s wounds: "with malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as god gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations."
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