I like this one better: the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. [video]

Fifty-six years ago today, on January 20, 1961, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was inaugurated President of the United States. In the above video you can hear him take the oath of office, and hear, full and unabridged, the inaugural address he gave on that bitterly cold morning, sounding a call for the hope and promise of America that still echoes today–yes, even today, January 20, 2017, when something quite different happened in the same place.

The challenge that Kennedy laid us all those years ago, and his words of inclusion, promise, and above all hope, resonate throughout history. It is his words that will last and be remembered, when the shabby and disgraceful antics that occurred this morning are long-forgotten.



  1. thank you, sean, for posting this. i listened to the entire “i have a dream” speech by martin luther king on monday. and, it is good to hear john f. kennedy’s inauguration speech since i heard it when i was 21 years old…the first time i was eligible to vote. i voted for him with such hope. his death still hurts personally and within our body politic. such intelligence. and he would have grown just as his brother, bobby, did and would have. “together, let us…”

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