Presidential inaugural speeches of the '80s
How did Barack Obama's speech go today? Well, compare it to the three addresses of the '80s for starters.
RONALD REAGAN (Jan. 20, 1981): "We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed." Read the full speech
RONALD REAGAN (Jan. 21, 1985 ): "The time has come for a new American emancipation — a great national drive to tear down economic barriers and liberate the spirit of enterprise in the most distressed areas of our country. My friends, together we can do this, and do it we must, so help me God." Read the full speech
GEORGE BUSH (Jan. 20, 1989): "For the first time in this century, for the first time in perhaps all history, man does not have to invent a system by which to live. We don't have to talk late into the night about which form of government is better. We don't have to wrest justice from the kings. We only have to summon it from within ourselves. We must act on what we know. I take as my guide the hope of a saint: In crucial things, unity; in important things, diversity; in all things, generosity." Read the full speech