Iconic Presidential Speeches From Our Past

Iconic Presidential Speeches From Our Past

JFK • Obama • Nixon • Reagan

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One of the most important jobs as President of the United States is to bring the nation together, especially during difficult times. Hear from past presidents as they rallied the nation through historic challenges in these stirring speeches. 

What You'll Learn
• How President Kennedy urged Americans to embrace public service
• What President Bush's plan for a pandemic looked like in 2005
• How  President Eisenhower sought to transform public perception of Cold War-era nuclear technology

1. President Kennedy - "Inaugural Speech to the Nation"
Find out why there was actually so much more to this 1961 speech than Kennedy’s often-quoted “Ask not what the country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.”

2. President Obama's Charleston Sermon
Flash back to 2015, when President Barack Obama visited Charleston, South Carolina in the wake of a white supremacist massacre.

3. President George W. Bush Preparing for a Pandemic
Hear President George W. Bush lay out his plan to prepare the U.S. for a possible pandemic back in 2005.

4. President Roosevelt - "150th Anniversary of the Bill of Rights" Radio Address to the Nation
Get President Roosevelt’s perspective on why waging war against Japan in 1941 was necessary in order to defend our freedoms.

5. President Eisenhower - "Atoms for Peace" Speech to the U.N.
Revisit the year 1953, when Cold War tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union were high, and Eisenhower delivered an iconic speech.

6. Richard Nixon Accepts The 1968 Republican Presidential Nomination
The year 1968 saw a so-called “new Nixon” taking the stage. Follow along in this speech as the president taps into the nation’s opposition to progressive policies of the time, including racial integration.

7. Ronald Reagan "A Time for Choosing"
Step back in time to when President Reagan delivered his famous 1964 speech on behalf of Republican candidate Barry Goldwater.

8. President Lyndon Johnson - "The Great Society" speech
Listen along as President Johnson outlines his 1964 "Great Society" philosophy, focused on expanding civil rights, public broadcasting, healthcare, education, and more.

9. President Jimmy Carter "Crisis of Confidence" TV Speech to the Nation
In this speech, get insight into why President Carter  believed it was important to prioritize the U.S. policy of energy consumption in 1979.

10. JFK Accepts the Democratic Nomination for President
Listen to the 1960 speech from President Kennedy that has subsequently become referred to as "The New Frontier."

This is a collection of free podcast episodes curated by the Himalaya Editorial Team.

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There was much more to President Kennedy’s speech than the often-quoted “Ask not what the country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” He reminded the listeners that even though they were living in the high point of the Cold War with the Soviet Union, there were alternatives to war and opportunities to bring prosperity to all the earth’s people.

Barack Obama goes to Charleston, South Carolina in the wake of a white supremacist’s massacre of innocents at Emanuel AME Church. In word and in song the 44th President contemplates tragedy and grace. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices

In a Nov. 1, 2005, speech at the National Institutes of Health, President George W. Bush laid out a plan to prepare the U.S. for a possible pandemic. The Bush strategy called for detecting outbreaks as early as possible anywhere in the world, stockpiling existing vaccines and antiviral drugs, speeding up the process of making new vaccines for a pandemic virus, and improving general readiness at the federal, state, and local levels. Although the preparedness plan never reached full fruition, elements of the Bush plan formed the foundation for the U.S. response to the current coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Bush's remarks have been condensed slightly for this podcast. A transcript of his complete address is online at georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2005/11/20051101-1.html. If you have a comment or question about the Notable Speeches podcast, email feedback@notablespeeches.com.

In this podcast episode, we feature a short speech by President Roosevelt regarding why war against Japan was needed to defend our freedoms as Americans as expressed through the Bill of Rights. The President delivered this short speech at the end of a one-hour radio program celebrating the 150th anniversary of the original Bill of Rights approved by Congress and ratified by the states.

In this podcast episode, we feature President Eisenhowerdelivering a speech named by others as Atoms for Peace at the United Nations in 1953. This speech was delivered during high tensions of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.

August 8, 1968: Richard Nixon accepts the Republican nomination for President in Miami, FL.

This famous speech was delivered by Ronald Reagan during the 1964 U.S. presidential election campaign on behalf of Republican candidate Barry Goldwater.

We feature President Lyndon Johnson and his speech “The Great Society”. President Johnson designed the "Great Society" legislation by expanding civil rights, public broadcasting, Medicare, Medicaid, aid to education, the arts, urban and rural development, public services, and his "War on Poverty".

In this podcast episode, we feature President Jimmy Carter and his “Energy and the National Goals” speech. It is often called the “Crisis of Confidence” speech. A major priority of President Carter was the U.S. policy of energy consumption.

JFK Accepts the Democratic Nomination for President, provided by Speechworks. For more audio you can learn from, please visit www.learnoutloud.com


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