Video: John F. Kennedy 1961 Inaugural Address, Part 2

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INAUGURAL ADDRESS OF JOHN FITZGERALD KENNEDY, Part 2

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.

"Let both sides seek to invoke the wonders of science instead of its terrors. Together let us explore the stars, conquer the deserts, eradicate disease, tap the ocean depths and encourage the arts and commerce.

"Let both sides unite to heed in all corners of the Earth the command of Isaiah to "undo the heavy burdens . . . (and) let the oppressed go free."

"And if a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let both sides join in creating a new endeavor, not a new balance of power, but a new world of la... (read more)

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