Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961
John F. Kennedy
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.
The world is very different now,for man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life.And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe — thebelief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state but from the hand of God.
We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first Revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe…
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