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Inaugural speeches: Some are better than others

Inauguration speech of Donald J. Trump

The date of presidential inaugurations was moved from March 4th to Jan. 20 with the 20th Amendment, ratified in 1933.

The 32nd President Franklin Roosevelt mentioned in his inaugural, Jan. 20, 1945: “As I stand here today, having taken the solemn oath of office in the presence of my fellow countrymen – in the presence of God – I know that it is America’s purpose that we shall not fail. … The Almighty God has blessed our land in many ways. He has given our people stout hearts and strong arms with which to strike mighty blows for freedom and truth. He has given to our country a faith which has become the hope of all peoples in an anguished world. So we pray to Him now for the vision to see our way clearly – to see the way that leads


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