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Presidential Inaugurations: Richard Nixon's inaugural address

It takes 35 words to become president of the United States. The presidential inauguration ceremony marks the beginning of a new term in the Oval Office. CBC Digital Archives has selected reports from Washington, D.C. that capture the swearing in of a new president from Franklin D. Roosevelt to Barack Obama.

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"The times are on the side of peace," says Richard Nixon after taking the oath of office as the 37th president of the United States. In this clip from 1969, Nixon talks about people and government working collectively to achieve peace. He confidently discusses the changing dynamic of American society, noting the importance of recognizing a new generation of well-educated youth in whom he sees "the hope of tomorrow."
• Richard Nixon served two terms as vice-president to Dwight Eisenhower from 1953 to 1961. He first ran for president against John F. Kennedy in 1960.

• The tumultuous campaign of 1968 included the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy. Nixon won the election on a promise of "law and order" against two candidates, Hubert Humphrey of the Democratic Party and George Wallace of the American Independent Party.

• Nixon won a second term in 1972 against Edmund Muskie of the Democrats. He resigned two years later due to the threat of impeachment and his participation in the scandal known as Watergate.

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News Special
Broadcast Date: Jan. 20, 1969
Guest(s): Richard Nixon
Reporter: Knowlton Nash
Duration: 21:44
This clip was edited for copyright reasons.

Last updated: February 7, 2012

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