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Inaugural Address

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Accession Number: USG-17

Title: Inaugural Address, 20 January 1961 

Description: Motion picture of President John F. Kennedy's Inaugural Address in Washington, D.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Earl Warren administers the oath of office to President Kennedy. Former President Dwight D. Eisenhower and former Vice President Richard M. Nixon congratulate President Kennedy. In his speech President Kennedy urges American citizens to participate in public service and "ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country." Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson looks on.

Running Time: 16:00 (16 minutes)

Date: 01/20/1961

Creator: WO#30806, RG274, records of the White House Signal Agency. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston, Massachusetts

Copyright: Public domain

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