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FULL TRANSCRIPT: John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address – January 20, 1961

Here is the transcript and summary of President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address speech which was delivered on January 20, 1961.

In this address, he emphasizes the importance of freedom, cooperation, and addressing global challenges. He pledges to uphold human rights both domestically and internationally, and vows to support those struggling with poverty. Kennedy calls for a new world order based on law and justice, and urges unity in addressing common problems such as tyranny and war.

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TRANSCRIPT:

Earl Warren: You, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, do solemnly swear…

John F. Kennedy: I, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, do solemnly swear…

Earl Warren: …that you will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States…

John F. Kennedy: …that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States…

Earl Warren: and will, to the best of your ability…

John F. Kennedy: and will, to the best of my ability…

Earl Warren: …preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States…

John F. Kennedy: …preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States.

Earl Warren: So help do God.

John F. Kennedy: So help me God.

John F Kennedy – 35th U.S. President

Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, Reverend Clergy, fellow citizens:

We observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom, symbolizing an end as well as a beginning, signifying renewal as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago.

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