It’s fair to say that 2016 was a rollercoaster of a year for politics, and 2017 has gotten off to a pretty volatile start too. A lot of us are lacking faith, feeling a little lost, and are unsure about what to expect of the political landscape over the next few years, but let us not forget that America is a great country with a history of great strength.
To boost morale and remind you just how far America has come, the leading podcast platform Acast, has delved into the historical archives to launch a collection of 10 of the most inspiring presidential speeches from the last 70 years, to coincide with Presidents’ Day.
From Obama’s landmark first inauguration, to Reagan’s famous “Tear down this wall” speech, this collection holds examples of great words from great leaders, all of whom helped to make America the powerhouse that it is today.
Here is the full list of presidential speeches you can listen to in their entirety on Acast:
President Barack Obama – In 2009, Barack Obama made history as the first Black President of the United States. Here you can listen to the first inaugural of one of America’s most loved Presidents.
President George W. Bush – Love him or hate him, George Bush saw America through one of the toughest times in its history. Listen here as he addresses the nation to inspire unity and strength at the Islamic Center of Washington, D.C. on September 17 2001, just days after the harrowing 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center.
President Bill Clinton – Bill Clinton was the first Democrat to be elected into a second term in six decades. His presidency had its fair share of scandal, following his impeachment in light of revelations about Monica Lewinksy, he led the nation to a strong economic period. Listen to his first inaugural address here.
President George W. H. Bush – Credited with improving U.S. and Soviet relations, one of Bush Senior’s main focuses was foreign policy. Unlike his son, he only served one term as president, but his inaugural address stating “When America says something, America means it”, we can hear first-hand just why he was elected.
President Ronald Reagan – A former actor, Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States. With Donald Trump currently trying to ‘build a wall’ listen to this inspirational speech that Reagan made in front of Brandenburg Gate as he asked leaders to ‘tear down’ the Berlin Wall.
President Jimmy Carter – Jimmy Carter’s famous “crisis of confidence” speech, came 10 days after the 39th President of the United States pulled out of an Independence Day Speech. This speech, known as his “malaise speech” was a bold, thought-provoking one, chastizing the nation for failing to address the energy problem and criticized how Americans were living their lives.
President Gerald Ford – Following President Richard Nixon’s resignation, Gerald Ford is the first and only person to serve as both the Vice President and President of the United States without being elected to either office. In these remarks, following taking his oath of office, Ford addresses the Watergate scandal that forced Nixon to resign, and asked America to pray that Nixon “who brought peace to millions, find it for himself.”
President Richard Nixon – In his inaugural address, Nixon invites us to share with him “the majesty of this moment”. His presidency was chequered with scandal and the infamous Watergate brought to light many illegal activities undertaken by the Nixon administration however, he was offered a pardon by his successor and attempted to rehabilitate his public image in later years.
President Lyndon B. Johnson – Johnson assumed office after the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In this important speech, Johnson addresses the right to vote and states that every man regardless of race, ethnicity, or position, should have the right to vote. Listen as he asks congress to assist him in passing legislation that allows all to vote.
President John F. Kennedy – JFK is undoubtedly the most famous president in modern history. Serving just two years of his presidency before his tragic assassination in November 1963, In his inauguration this much loved president hopes to address the issue of poverty in the United States, and asks America to think what “together we can do for the freedom of man.”
Caitlin Thompson is the US Director of Content at Acast, the world’s leading technology platform for on-demand audio and podcasting.