Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Biographical Information (01:38)
Born in Washington D.C. in 1954, Robert Kennedy Jr. attended Harvard and the London School of Economics. He championed the environment and impressed its importance during an energetic commencement speech at Wilkes University.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr.: Commencement Address (25:46)
In May 2005, Robert F. Kennedy Jr.'s speech impresses upon new graduates the importance of taking care of the environment. His arguments are well supported and his delivery is energetic. He delivers a hard-hitting attack on George W. Bush.
George H. W. Bush: Biographical and Political
On November 18, 2004, George H. W. Bush delivers a speech in which he gives a respectful testimonial to Bill Clinton. He engages his audience with soft self-deprecation and amusing observations.
George H. W. Bush (05:16)
Former president George H.W. Bush addresses a crowd of dignitaries and Clinton supporters during the dedication of the Clinton Library in Arkansas. Bush acknowledges an inescapable bond among those who have occupied the White House.
George W. Bush: War on Terrorism (01:05)
Bush's 2nd inaugural was the most expensive in history and employed the most civilians and military personnel. The country was more polarized than in the 1960s. The events of September 11, 2001, prompted the war with Iraq and gave rise to Bush's concept of "war on terrorism."
George W. Bush: Second Inaugural Speech (22:07)
On January 20, 2005, Bush's address includes words like "communism," "tyranny," and "slavery" without referring to the war raging at the time. Some say his speech was evangelical. Bush argues that war is a tool to support the growth of democracy.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Third Inaugural Address (16:36)
FDR's 12-minute address imparts insights into the WWII era. He is a master at addressing the apprehensions of Americans. To demonstrate the strength of the nation, troops march in combat uniforms and are accompanied by tanks and artillery. His speech is marked by historical references, antithesis, and appeals to patriotism.
Franklin D. Roosevelt: Fourth Inaugural Address (07:15)
FDR's fourth inaugural address is only six minutes long. At the time of this address, America had been at war for 3 years. FDR appeals to the highest ideals of what it means to be Americans and to be citizens of the world.
Credits: Great Speeches, Volume 20: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., George H. W. Bush, and Franklin D. Roosevelt (00:11)
Credits: Great Speeches, Volume 20: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., George H. W. Bush, and Franklin D. Roosevelt
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