— Cong. Inaugural Cmte (@jccic2013) January 13, 2013
Inspiring that crowd and the millions watching at home is no easy task for a president, or a presidential speechwriter. Fortunately for them, the best speeches generally follow a similar structure: A greeting, description of the state of the country, plans to address major issues, and an appeal to the crowd before concluding. Our graphics team compiled some of the familiar components from inaugural speeches as far back as the Madison presidency so you can craft a message yourself. Try it out here.