Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Hail to the Chief!

On this historic Inauguration Day, Barack Obama will be sworn into office as the 44th president of the United States. Joe Biden, the new vice president, will also be taking his oath. Obama will be the first African American ever to serve as president and, at age 47, also one of the youngest. Television, radio and Internet channels will cover this event in detail, so be sure to tune in for performances and speeches that take place today in Washington, D.C.

For past inauguration speeches and presidential history, check out some of these Library resources:

The Presidency A to Z
by Gerhard Peters
JK 511 .P775 2008 Reference, Main and Monroe

White House Ghosts: Presidents and Their Speechwriters
by Robert Schlesinger
E 176.1 .S345 2008 Stacks, Main and Monroe

Let Every Nation Know: John F. Kennedy in His Own Words
by Robert Dallek
E 842 .D27 2006 Stacks, Main

My Fellow Americans: The Most Important Speeches of America's Presidents, From George Washington to George W. Bush
by Michael Waldman
J 81.4 .M93 2003 Stacks, Main

Speeches of the American Presidents
by Janet Podell
E-BOOK (Available online through SpartaCat, the Library catalog)

The World's Great Speeches
by Lewis Copeland
PN 6121 .W66 1999 Reference, Main

Lend Me Your Ears: Great Speeches in History
by William Safire
PN 6122 .L4 1997 Reference, Main

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