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"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in
the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish
the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds, to care for him who
shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all
which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves
and with all nations."
"So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing
we have to fear is fear itself -- nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror
which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."
"And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for
you -- ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the
world, ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can
do for the freedom of man."
American presidents have spoken some of their most memorable words at inaugurations. The newly inaugurated president often uses his first speech to lay out goals and principles, address the nation's divisions, and project America's place in the world.
President-elect Bush's inauguration speech comes after an extended election battle. How will he approach his speech, and what will he say?
How do presidents prepare for important addresses like these? How do presidents and speechwriters collaborate?
Two noted presidential speechwriters respond to viewer questions on inaugural addresses:
Ted Sorensen was speechwriter, adviser and legal counsel to John F. Kennedy. He has practiced international law for over 34 years at the firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
Ray Price wrote for Richard Nixon and served as special consultant to the president. He is currently president of the Economic Club of New York, a non-profit, non-partisan membership association of senior business leaders that serves as a public forum.