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     Barack Obama’s
     Inauguration Speech
      Part 3 of 3
         The inauguration is over. Today, President Barack Obama is spending his
     first full day working in the Oval Office.
         Today’s Dispatch, like newspapers around the world, is full of reports
     about Inauguration Day, especially the new president’s speech.
         Presidents since George Washington have given inaugural addresses.                                                                          Barack Obama speaking at the Statehouse in Columb
                                                                                                                                                                                                      us, Nov. 2, 2008. Dispatch photo by Eric Albrecht.
     Washington’s second inaugural speech was the shortest, at 135 words.
     President William Henry Harrison, of Ohio, gave the longest, at 8,445 words.                                   FAMOUS LINES
     In the past century, most of the speeches have been 1,500 to 2,200 words long.
                                                                                                                    Few inaugural speeches are remembered long after they are given.
         Few inaugural speeches are remembered today. But most people, from
                                                                                                                    Three that are included historic lines people still quote today.
     news analysts and politicians to ordinary Americans and citizens of the
     world, look forward to a new president’s first speech. What will it indicate                                                                  They are:
     about the president’s plans and intent? Will the speech strike tones of                                                                                                • “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what
     cooperation or toughness? The best speeches, experts agree, speak of hope,                                                                                               your country can do for you – ask what you can
     freedom and dreams, and challenge the audience to act immediately to build                                                                                               do for your country.” ~ John F. Kennedy, 1961.
     those dreams.                                                                                                                                                          • “This great Nation will endure as it has endured,
         Over the weekend, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the president wrote                                                                                              will revive and will prosper. So, first of all,
     the bulk of the speech as it is now himself. The first draft was likely written                                                                                          let me assert my firm belief that the only thing
     by 27-year-old Jon Favreau, the president’s chief speechwriter. He has been                                                                                              we have to fear is fear itself.”
     helping Obama with his speeches for four years; but Obama, he says, is the                                                                                               ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933.
     better writer.                                                                                                                                                         • “With malice toward none; with charity for all;
         Between Election and Inauguration days, Obama told reporters the job of                                                                                              with firmness in the right, as God gives us to
     this speech was “to try to capture as best I can the moment that we are in …                                                                                             see the right, let us strive on to finish the
     this is the crossroad that we’re at. And then to project confidence that if we                                                                                           work we
     take the right measures we can once again be that country, that beacon for                                                                                               are in.”
                                                                                                                                                                              ~ Abraham
     the world.”                                                                                                                                                              Lincoln,
         Today, people everywhere are analyzing how he did.                                                                                                                   1865.
                                                                                                                    John F. Kennedy giving his Inauguration Speech, 1961.
                                    DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1. To inaugurate means “to make a formal beginning          4. How did analysts rate the new president’s speech
   of, begin; to induct into office with formal                and delivery style? (Look at the Forum Page.)
   ceremonies, install.” What is the purpose and               Compare your response with an analyst’s. How did
   meaning of the ceremony for President Obama? For            the speech inspire you?
                                                                                                                                              TRY THIS!
   Americans watching? For viewers around the world?        5. Today’s Dispatch includes a story about Walnut         Using the newspaper as a resource, write a personal essay
                                                                                                                                                                                                     Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor,
2. Review coverage of Obama’s speech. What was his             Ridge High School students who were in Washington.     entitled “To My Children: Remembering President Obama’s                        at his 1933 inauguration.
   message to the people of the United States? To the          What did they think about what they saw?               Inauguration and Speech and What I Thought About Them.”
   leaders of the world? To the people of the world?        6. Turn to The Dispatch’s Editorial and Forum
                                                                                                                    Ohio Academic Content Standards: Write a composition that establishes a controlling idea and supports it with detailed
3. Read the three Famous Lines. Did President                  pages. Examine the cartoons. View more at            evidence; recognize the speaker’s choice of language and delivery styles, and how they contribute to the meaning of the
   Obama’s speech contain a memorable line? What?              www.politicalcartoons.com. Compare and contrast      message; comprehend what is being read by comparing and contrasting, summarizing or drawing conclusions.
   Was it similar or different from the three lines? How?      how cartoonists depicted the event.
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