Video: John F. Kennedy 1961 Inaugural Address, Part 1

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INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY, Part 1

Given in Washington, D.C., at the Capitol, January 20, 1961

U.S. President John F. Kennedy made his only inaugural address at 12:51 (ET) Friday, January 20, 1961, immediately after taking the presidential oath of office administered by Chief Justice Earl Warren. The address took 13 minutes and 59 seconds to deliver, from the first word to the last word, making it the fourth-shortest inaugural address ever delivered.

"Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, Reverend Clergy, fellow citizens:

"We observe today not a victory of party but a celebration of freedom, symbolizing an end as well as a beginning, signifying renewal as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forbears prescribed nearly a century and three-quarters ago.

"The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all ... (read more)

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