The Inaugural Address

Ted Widmer, a former Clinton administration speechwriter, read all of the presidential inaugural addresses. "It's not a task for the fainthearted," he says in an essay in American Scholar.

But he noticed that "the typical inaugural can be broken down into specific set pieces; the thoughts arranged in a comforting sequence." That sequence:

You may want to have this list handy to check off each step when you watch the next one.

Posted January 20, 2005

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