Inaugural Addresses of the American Presidents. I am feeling like history again today. I was reading through the various addresses that American Presidents have given on the day they were sworn in. Over hundreds of years, many of the same elements are found in nearly all the speeches. Yet, you can also get a sense for what the president was facing. FDR gave a short tired speech near the end of WW2. Lincoln spoke of forgiveness during his second Inaugural which was close to the end of the Civil War. George W. Bush spoke of the grace of his recently defeated opponent after the election of 2000 controversy.
Thomas Jefferson First Inaugural Address
Second Inaugural Address of Andrew Jackson
Inaugural Address of Rutherford B. Hayes
Inaugural Address of William Howard Taft
Second Inaugural Address of Ronald Reagan