Joe Biden was on Wednesday inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States of America regardless of political leanings.
Like those before him, Biden delivered what many described as a unifying inaugural speech that fits the current situation in the world’s ,most powerful nation.
But what message did this Inauguration Day speech portray?
Here is a compilation of other memorable speeches by past and president American presidents.
1. George Washington, 1789
“The magnitude and difficulty of the trust to which the voice of my Country called me, being sufficient to awaken in the wisest and most experienced of her citizens, a distrustful scrutiny into his qualifications, could not but overwhelm with despondence.”
2. Thomas Jefferson, 1801
“Let us then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things.”
3. Abraham Lincoln, 1865
“With malice toward none, 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.”
4. Theodore Roosevelt, 1905
“Much has been given (to) us, and much will rightfully be expected from us. We have duties to (each) other and duties to ourselves, and we can shirk neither.”
5. John F. Kennedy, 1961
“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”
6. George H.W. Bush, 1989
“The American people await action. They didn’t send us here to bicker. They ask us to rise above the merely partisan.”
7. Bill Clinton, 1993
“There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America.”
8. Barack Obama 2009
“Our journey has never been one of shortcuts or settling for less. It has not been the path for the faint-hearted, for those that prefer leisure over work, or seek only the pleasures of riches and fame.
9. Donald Trump 2017
Americans ‘want great schools for their children, safe neighbourhoods for their families, and good jobs for themselves. These are the just and reasonable demands of a righteous public.
10. Joe Biden 2021
We’ve learned again that democracy is precious, democracy is fragile and, at this hour my friends, democracy has prevailed.