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Constitution Check: Can one word make constitutional history?

Lyle Denniston looks at President Barack Obama’s historic discussion of gay rights in his inaugural address, and its constitutional significance. The statement at issue: “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still, just as it guided […]

Full transcript: President Barack Obama’s second inaugural address

Here is the full text of President Obama’s second inaugural address, given on January 21, 2013, as prepared for delivery, as released by the White House. Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens: Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to […]

Inauguration speech talks about civic engagement, Founding Fathers

President Barack Obama spoke about the importance of the ideals of the Founding Fathers and the need for civic engagement during his inauguration speech on Monday. Presidential advisers had said before the speech that President Obama would address specific policy issues in his State of the Union address, which is scheduled for February 12. However, […]

Great inaugural addresses: John F. Kennedy

Constitution Daily looks back at some of the most noteworthy presidential inauguration speeches. John F. Kennedy’s speech in 1961 was one of the shortest but most powerful addresses made by a president. Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon by a narrow margin and became America’s youngest elected president. He developed his speech with writer Ted Sorenson and […]