Build your own speech
How to craft an inspiring inaugural address
A great inauguration speech is an elusive thing. A good one inspires the people and sets the tone of the presidency. A bad one can leave the crowd bored and uninspired. Composing these speeches isn't as easy as you might think, but fortunately the best ones generally break down into a similar structure. Follow the steps below to create your own address and when you finish, see how your version stacks up.
Part 1: Choose a greeting for your audience
Part 2: Describe the state of the nation
Part 3: Pick an issue and lay out your presidential plan
Part 4: Inspire the crowd
Part 5: Close your speech
“My fellow citizens...”
Put quotes from past presidents on this card to help you remember what to say on the big day.
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State of the nation
Issues and plan
SOURCE: The American Presidency Project, staff reports. GRAPHIC: Kat Downs, Hilary Fung and Katie Park - The Washington Post. Published Jan. 18, 2013.