Watch: What the Best Inaugural Addresses Have in Common
Although a newly-elected president’s inaugural address is not required by the U.S. Constitution, it has become a deeply-rooted American tradition, and there are a few common threads running through each one.
And while no rules exist for the address, presidents can draw both inspiration and caution from the speeches of past presidents. In this video, Kathleen Hall Jamieson, author of Presidents Creating the Presidency: Deeds Done in Words, explains what a leader’s first words should aim to do, as well as what not to do, and how Ulysses S. Grant got it wrong.
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