Three First Inaugural Addresses
gets the hype, given that it's the 50th anniversary, but keep in mind two others: Reagan's
(1981) and FDR's
(March 4, 1933). In Kennedy's call for an aggressive foreign policy we today hear Bush's second inaugural, with all its strengths and shortcomings. In Reagan and FDR we hear the language of watershed elections, with changes in political vocabulary that persist.
10:38 AM / January 20, 2011