Write your own inaugural address

January 18, 2013

Thousands of viewers will brave lengthy, maze-like security procedures and frigid temperatures on Inauguration Day for the chance to watch -- and hear -- history being made.

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.

Natalie Jennings is a Web producer for PostTV.
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