10 inaugural moments that mattered
January 18th, 2013
02:30 PM ET
2 years ago

10 inaugural moments that mattered

Washington (CNN) - Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin notes each inauguration is moving in its own way, but only a few produce moments that are truly memorable.

"It depends upon the person and the occasion to really produce a historic inaugural speech," Goodwin said. "But the ceremony itself ... is a real tribute to the country, that a person who was the president can go out and become a private citizen (while) a new private citizen is becoming the president."

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  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    The Inauguration that shouldn't have taken place due to hanging chads is the inaugural that mattered most.

    January 18, 2013 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    Am I the only one that doesn't want the POTUS and FLOTUS to walk? These gun nuts scare me to death when it comes to the First Family. For some reason I can't get Ted Nugent's words out of my head.....

    January 18, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    This president needs a very strong security. Period.

    January 18, 2013 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. otlset

    With his voters in mind, Obama updates Kennedy's famous inaugural speech phrase...

    "Ask not what you can do for your country - ask what your country can do for YOU."

    January 18, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. Ed1

    More tax money we don't have going up on another wasteful event.

    January 18, 2013 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |