Today, January 20, is a day many Americans will not forget. Donald J Trump against all odds is to be sworn in as the 45th president of the United States of America.
For every American president, the inaugural address is a huge part of this day and Trump is no exception. He has been preparing his speech for quite a while and he even tweeted about it:
As we look forward to bringing you the entire coverage of the inauguration, here are some of the most unforgettable speeches by American presidents:
1. Longest Inaugural speech
The longest ever inaugural address was given by William Henry Harrison’s in 1841. He delivered the 1 hour 45 minute oration without wearing a hat or coat in a howling snowstorm, came down with pneumonia, and died one month later. His was also the shortest tenure in the White House.
2. Shortest Inaugural speech
The shortest inaugural address in history was George Washington’s, in 1793. Yet he had the most important administration in American history.
After which, George Washington added the words “so help me God” to the oath of office, the original text of which is prescribed by the U.S. Constitution, then he bent forward to kiss the Bible.
3. Most unforgettable moment
The most striking moment in an inaugural address, was when Dwight D. Eisenhower asked listeners to bow their heads and said: “Would you permit me the privilege of uttering a little private prayer of my own?”
Reference to God, or asking for God’s blessings on the United States, has been a normal part of all 55 inaugural addresses. But that was the first time a president actually prayed.
4. Funniest line in an inaugural speech
The funniest line in a presidential inaugural address was by the eighth president, Martin Van Buren.
He inadvertently made the audience laugh when he said:“Unlike all who have preceded me, the Revolution that gave us existence as one people was achieved at the period of my birth; and whilst I contemplate with grateful reverence that memorable event….”
Van Buren actually meant that he revered the American Revolution, but to the audience it sounded as if he revered his own birth.
5. Most surprising moment during an inaugural speech
Dwight Eisenhower, who was himself born in Texas was at his inaugural ceremony on January 20, 1953, a cowboy rode up to him on a horse, produced his rope, and after swinging it in the air, threw it at the president and tied him up.
6. Rowdiest inauguration
The rowdiest inaugural celebration was that of Abraham Lincoln, the crowd grew so massive, then the drinking started and eventually the police had to be called in to control the crowd.
7. Most memorable line from an inaugural speech
The line from John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address on January 20, 1961, was so powerful , it continues to be used by many today.
Kennedy challenged fellow citizens:“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”