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Link to MillerCenter.org’s transcript of speech

Millercenter.org’s summary of speech:

“In a simple, brief speech, Washington expresses his commitment to the Oath of Office and calls upon the people to reprimand him should he fail his duties.”

Thoughts on Transcript:

Washington’s second inaugural address is the shortest presidential inaugural speech.  It’s the first to not mention God, either directly or by description.

Washington talks about holding himself accountable to the Constitution and the witnesses present.

Phrases I have underlined, starred, or otherwise marked:

“… [If I break my oath] I may (besides incurring constitutional punishment) be subject to the upbraidings of all who are now witnesses of the present solemn ceremony.”

Thoughts on delivery (audio and/or video of speech):

None.  They didn’t have that technology when Washington was inaugurated.

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