For one of my upper level political philosophy classes I wrote my paper about the presidential inaugural addresses. I read all of them from Washington to Clinton, each one four times. The Inaugural Address is much like a thankful sermon. It was a very interesting exercise. All of the presidents used Washington's address as their model until Wilson. Wilson and Clinton showed NO humility, in fact both of them used the address as a chance to push for their own ideas. That was not the place to do it. The only president who exhibited distraction was Lincoln, for good reason. For some reason Pierce moved me to tears, and I don't know why. I was also surprised by LBJ in that he seemed to be quite moved by the fact that the people had given him the charge. He spoke quite humbly. Reading Kennedy's four times made me realize that he was not as eloquent as some people remember. If you read between what most people quote there was not much there. I understand that those memorable phrases were absconded from other speeches. My exercise made me appreciate Ronald Reagan a lot. It is evident that Reagan actually took the time to read Washington's Inaugural.
So, in my opinion who were the worst presidents according to their inaugural addresses?
In that order.
posted on 02/13/2013 8:33:41 AM PST
(The key to Marxism is medicine - Vladimir Lenin)
What about that arrogant pos occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave? Are you so blind that you do not see his desire to destroy this great country?
posted on 02/13/2013 11:44:11 AM PST
(He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
Kennedy pulled us out of the lingering effects of the depression with his tax cuts and monetary policies. (those are also what got him assasinated)
posted on 02/25/2013 5:22:15 PM PST
(Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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