World & Nation

Richard Nixon’s inaugural address, annotated — Nixon asked Americans to join in a ‘high adventure’

President Nixon delivers his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1969, dedicating his new administration to the cause of “peace among nations.”
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Though the presidency of Richard Nixon often is remembered for political polarization, it began with hopes for reconciliation, as seen in his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1969. After acknowledging dignitaries, he addressed “my fellow Americans — and my fellow citizens of the world community.”