President Kennedy 1961 Inauguration
Highlights were shown of the 1961 inauguration of President John F. Kennedy courtesy of the Senate Recording Studio. The event took… read more
Highlights were shown of the 1961 inauguration of President John F. Kennedy courtesy of the Senate Recording Studio. The event took place on the steps of the U.S. Capitol before a large crowd. Two of President Kennedy’s best-known phrases come from his inaugural address: “we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship...” and “ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
Highlights included the arrival of the Kennedys at the Capitol, the Marine Band playing “America the Beautiful,” an invocation by Cardinal Cushing, Marion Anderson singing the National Anthem, a prayer by Archbishop Iakovos, the swearing-in of Vice President Johnson administered by the speaker of the House of Representatives, prayer by the Reverend John Barclay, the swearing-in of President Kennedy by the chief justice, the inaugural address, a benediction by Rabbi Nelson Glueck, the inaugural luncheon, and parade. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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