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Founding Fathers and Pre-Civil War Presidents
Founding Fathers and Pre-Civil War Presidents(15 Photos)
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Civil War to Great Depression Presidents
Civil War to Great Depression Presidents(15 Photos)
View an image slideshow on Presidents from Reconstruction to the Great Depression.
Presidents: World War II to Today's Presidents
Presidents: World War II to Today's Presidents(13 Photos)
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Barack Obama(18 Photos)
The 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama was elected in 2008 and is the first African American to hold the office.
George Washington(17 Photos)
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Abraham Lincoln(19 Photos)
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Thomas Jefferson(11 Photos)
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Teddy Roosevelt(20 Photos)
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John Adams(7 Photos)
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James Madison(10 Photos)
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James Monroe(8 Photos)
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John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams(8 Photos)
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Andrew Jackson(14 Photos)
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Woodrow Wilson(19 Photos)
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Herbert Hoover(16 Photos)
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Franklin D. Roosevelt
Franklin D. Roosevelt(20 Photos)
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Harry S. Truman
Harry S. Truman(19 Photos)
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Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower(19 Photos)
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John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy(20 Photos)
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Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson(19 Photos)
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Richard Nixon(18 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of Richard Nixon.
Gerald Ford(20 Photos)
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Jimmy Carter(16 Photos)
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Ronald Reagan(19 Photos)
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George Bush(20 Photos)
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Bill Clinton(20 Photos)
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George W. Bush
George W. Bush(18 Photos)
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Deconstructing History: White House
Deconstructing History: White HouseVideo Clip (1:35)
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It may not have been home to the president until 1800 or even called the White House until 1901, but it remains a symbol of freedom and democracy throughout the world.
Bet You Didn't Know: Founding Fathers
Bet You Didn't Know: Founding FathersVideo Clip (1:25)
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Our Founding Fathers were responsible for a lot more than the Declaration of Independence. Find out more about their legacy of innovation.
Presidential Fun Facts
Presidential Fun FactsVideo Clip (1:21)
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The Oval Office has been filled with extraordinary presidents, but did you know about these not-so-famous firsts?
Washington, D.C.Video Clip (2:22)
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How was Washington, D.C. chosen as the capital of the United States?
George WashingtonVideo Clip (2:19)
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How did George Washington turn a rag-tag group of men into a disciplined fighting machine?
First LadiesVideo Clip (1:50)
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These U.S. first ladies made their mark during their stays at the White House.
Slavery and the Presidency
Slavery and the PresidencyVideo Clip (2:35)
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Slavery is a central paradox of much of American history. In fact, most of the country's founding fathers owned slaves.
James Madison: Did You Know?
James Madison: Did You Know?Video Clip (1:36)
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At just 5'4", James Madison was hardly a commanding presence, but that didn't stop him from shaping American history.
Abraham LincolnVideo Clip (3:48)
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Today he is known as one of the greatest American presidents, but at the time of his election no one would have predicted Lincoln's success.
Andrew Jackson Fights Off Assassin
Andrew Jackson Fights Off AssassinVideo Clip (1:57)
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Andrew Jackson lived up to his tough reputation when a would-be assassin attempted to shoot him at point-blank range.
Andrew Johnson and Alaska
Andrew Johnson and AlaskaVideo Clip (2:08)
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Andrew Johnson's deal for the purchase of Alaska was initially mocked, but has since proven to be a monumental bargain for the nation.
The OK President
The OK PresidentVideo Clip (1:55)
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Find out why Martin Van Buren is known as the "ok" president, and why he's considered the first professional politician to hold the office.
Humor of Abraham Lincoln
Humor of Abraham LincolnVideo Clip (2:07)
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Lincoln often utilized his sense of humor when making political statements, and also to silence his critics.
Abraham Lincoln: Death Threats
Abraham Lincoln: Death ThreatsVideo Clip (1:52)
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Abraham Lincoln began receiving death threats almost as soon as he took office, and didn't have the luxury of modern Secret Service protection.
Grover Cleveland's Sex Scandal
Grover Cleveland's Sex ScandalVideo Clip (2:05)
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In 1884, speculation swirled around Grover Cleveland, and the idea that he may have fathered a child out of wedlock.
The Talented Mr. Roosevelt
The Talented Mr. RooseveltVideo Clip (1:46)
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Theodore Roosevelt believed in a vigorous lifestyle. During his presidency, he even participated in a boxing match that left him blind in one eye.
Woodrow Wilson's Health Crisis
Woodrow Wilson's Health CrisisVideo Clip (2:16)
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Find out what happened when poor health sidelined Woodrow Wilson for several years of his presidency.
A Warm Roosevelt Welcome
A Warm Roosevelt WelcomeVideo Clip (2:12)
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Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were known for warmly welcoming guests to the White House.
Harding's ScandalsVideo Clip (2:23)
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Warren Harding's presidency was rocked by scandal, including one that didn't come to light until after he left office.
Truman and Eisenhower
Truman and EisenhowerVideo Clip (2:36)
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Democrat Harry Truman and Republican Dwight Eisenhower had a warm and amicable relationship. Truman even offered to run as Ike's VP.
LBJ: Before the War on Poverty
LBJ: Before the War on PovertyVideo Clip (2:15)
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LBJ spent time after college teaching impoverished Mexican-American immigrants on the border of Texas and Mexico, an experience that shaped his personality and presidential ambitions.
Jimmy Carter's Legacy
Jimmy Carter's LegacyVideo Clip (2:27)
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Find out more about Jimmy Carter's life after leaving the Oval Office, including his Nobel Peace Prize win.
Nixon's PersonalityVideo Clip (2:26)
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Find out why Nixon described himself as an introvert in an extrovert's job, and how his personality type may have affected his presidency.
Jackson and the $20 Bill
Jackson and the $20 BillVideo Clip (2:02)
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Why is Andrew Jackson--a staunch opponent of paper money--featured on the $20 bill?
Andrew Jackson's Firsts
Andrew Jackson's FirstsVideo Clip (1:36)
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Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States, but he was the first in many other ways.
FDR: A Voice of Hope
FDR: A Voice of HopeVideo Clip (4:06)
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Elected in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt was a reassuring presence for many Americans through the trials of the Great Depression.
JFK: A New Generation
JFK: A New GenerationVideo Clip (3:57)
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John F. Kennedy's progressive agenda during the 1960s inspired a new generation of optimism in America.
The Great Communicator
The Great CommunicatorVideo Clip (4:18)
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Ronald Reagan galvanized the American public through his famous speeches that helped redefine American politics in the 1980s.
Death of President Garfield
Death of President GarfieldVideo Clip (1:03)
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Timothy Dickinson tells the story of President Garfield's untimely death.
The Kennedy-Nixon Debate
The Kennedy-Nixon DebateVideo Clip (1:06)
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Timothy Dickinson shares his take on the Kennedy-Nixon debate.
Gerald Ford Embraces Chicken
Gerald Ford Embraces ChickenVideo Clip (1:11)
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Timothy Dickinson tells us about Gerald Ford and the Chicken.
Jimmy Carter vs. 'Killer Rabbit'
Jimmy Carter vs. 'Killer Rabbit'Video Clip (1:03)
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Timothy Dickinson tells us the story of Jimmy Carter vs the killer rabbit.
The InaugurationVideo Clip (4:15)
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Host David Eisenbach gives the historic significance of the process by which a newly elected candidate assumes the role of President of the United States of America.
The Electoral College
The Electoral CollegeVideo Clip (4:00)
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Host David Eisenbach explains what the history and purpose of the Electoral College is and why it is so important to America's democratic process.
Romance of John and Abigail Adams
Romance of John and Abigail AdamsVideo Clip (2:12)
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Watch the budding relationship between John Adams and Abigail Smith.
Louisiana Purchase Doubles U.S.
Louisiana Purchase Doubles U.S.Video Clip (1:24)
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Thomas Jefferson pulls off the land deal of the millennium when he buys 800,000 square miles from the French, stretching from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains
James Madison and the War of 1812
James Madison and the War of 1812Video Clip (2:20)
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James Madison is considered to be the "Father of the Constitution," but it was the War of 1812 that ultimately defined his presidency.
James Monroe's Presidency
James Monroe's PresidencyVideo Clip (4:06)
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Follow the presidency of James Monroe, from the birth of the Monroe Doctrine to the controversy that marred his presidency.
William Henry Harrison's Presidency
William Henry Harrison's PresidencyVideo Clip (3:09)
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Explore the highs and lows of ninth U.S. President William Henry Harrison's administration, from his lengthy inaugural address to his death in office.
Martin Van Buren's Presidency
Martin Van Buren's PresidencyVideo Clip (2:50)
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Find out why New York Democrat and American President Martin Van Buren was considered the ultimate political machine in American politics.
Millard Fillmore's Presidency
Millard Fillmore's PresidencyVideo Clip (3:08)
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Despite what many considered a bland administration, the "accidental president" Millard Fillmore managed to turn his predecessor's legacy on its head.
John Tyler's Presidency
John Tyler's PresidencyVideo Clip (3:48)
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Find out how President John Tyler proved his critics who called him weak wrong.
James Buchanan's Presidency
James Buchanan's PresidencyVideo Clip (2:57)
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Lame-duck President James Buchanan ranks near the bottom in presidential popularity polls. Find out how his mishandling of slavery and secession may have hastened the onset of the Civil War.
Franklin Pierce's Presidency
Franklin Pierce's PresidencyVideo Clip (3:53)
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Find out why Franklin Pierce is sometimes remembered as one of the worst presidents in American history.
Teddy Roosevelt Becomes President
Teddy Roosevelt Becomes PresidentVideo Clip (3:56)
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Theodore Roosevelt was William McKinley's vice president until tragedy struck and Roosevelt landed in McKinley's seat.
William McKinley's Presidency
William McKinley's PresidencyVideo Clip (3:25)
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Explore the presidency of William McKinley, from his modernization of political news distribution to his war policy and assassination.
Eisenhower Leads America
Eisenhower Leads AmericaVideo Clip (3:21)
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This five-star general and 34th U.S. president launched the Space Race and created the federal interstate highway system.
Warren G. Harding's Presidency
Warren G. Harding's PresidencyVideo Clip (1:51)
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Why did so many people think Warren G. Harding wasn't fit to be president?
Inaugural Address: John F. Kennedy
Inaugural Address: John F. KennedyVideo Clip (2:45)
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Excerpts from John F. Kennedy's inaugural address on Friday, January 20, 1961.
Watergate Forces Nixon to Resign
Watergate Forces Nixon to ResignVideo Clip (3:15)
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In this History Rocks the 70's video, brought to you by the History Channel, learn about special investigator Archibald Cox's quest to investigate the Watergate cover-up. Nixon tries to get Cox fired several times.
Speeches & Audio (46)
Theodore Roosevelt's Address to Boys' Progressive League
Theodore Roosevelt's Address to Boys' Progressive LeagueAudio Clip (1:31)
Audio Clip (1:31)
Though Theodore Roosevelt was not able to attend the meeting of the Boys' Progressive League in New York City, he made a recording of a speech on a cylinder phonograph on July 3, 1913, to be played in his absence.
William H. Taft on Agriculture
William H. Taft on AgricultureAudio Clip (2:02)
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In Hot Springs, Virginia, on August 5, 1908, President William Howard Taft addresses the importance of healthy agriculture to the economic well-being of the nation in what came to be known as his Farmer and the Republican" speech.
Woodrow Wilson Addresses Native Americans
Woodrow Wilson Addresses Native AmericansAudio Clip (1:45)
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In his 1913 speech to the Native American community, President Woodrow Wilson acknowledges the country's history of dark dealings with American Indians, but also stresses the progress made in forming a unified society.
Herbert Hoover Campaigns for Reeelection
Herbert Hoover Campaigns for ReeelectionAudio Clip (2:03)
Audio Clip (2:03)
In his 1932 acceptance speech for the Republican nomination for president, President Herbert Hoover promises to continue his reconstruction efforts if he has a chance at a second term.
FDR Asks Congress to Declare War on Japan
FDR Asks Congress to Declare War on JapanAudio Clip (7:47)
Audio Clip (7:47)
On the day after the December 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt tells a joint session of Congress that the United States must take up arms in response.
Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural Address
Franklin D. Roosevelt's First Inaugural AddressAudio Clip (3:39)
Audio Clip (3:39)
On March 3, 1933, the newly elected president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, promises a country battered by the Great Depression a renewed prosperity, setting forth plans to put the government to work.
Truman Announces Japan's Surrender
Truman Announces Japan's SurrenderAudio Clip (1:57)
Audio Clip (1:57)
On September 1, 1945, in a radio address to the American people, President Harry Truman announces the unconditional surrender of Japan, formalized aboard the U.S.S. Missouri.
Truman Removes MacArthur From Command
Truman Removes MacArthur From CommandAudio Clip (0:21)
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Because Gen. Douglas MacArthur's desire to expand the Korean War conflicted with the nation's foreign policy, President Truman felt he had no alternative but to replace MacArthur. On April 11, 1951, Truman relieves MacArthur of his command and informs the American public of his decision in a radio report that same day.
Eisenhower's Farewell Address
Eisenhower's Farewell AddressAudio Clip (9:56)
Audio Clip (9:56)
On January 17, 1961, in a national broadcast, Dwight D. Eisenhower speaks to the American people for the last time as president and famously warns about the growing influence of the "military-industrial complex."
The Eisenhower Doctrine
The Eisenhower DoctrineAudio Clip (1:01)
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In order to suppress growing Soviet influence in the Middle East following the Suez Crisis of 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower appears before a joint session of Congress on January 5, 1957, to present a policy that will become known as the Eisenhower Doctrine. It holds that the United States would be authorized to provide military assistance "to secure and protect the territorial integrity" of any nations threatened by international communism.
Eisenhower Broadcasts D-Day Invasion Order
Eisenhower Broadcasts D-Day Invasion OrderAudio Clip (1:43)
Audio Clip (1:43)
On June 5, 1944, Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D. Eisenhower orders the massive Allied Expeditionary Force into action.
John F. Kennedy on Catholicism
John F. Kennedy on CatholicismAudio Clip (4:09)
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As only the second Catholic to run for presidential office in a majority Protestant nation, John F. Kennedy was confronted with the issue of his religion throughout his campaign. In order to defuse concerns that his religious views would interfere with his ability as chief executive, he delivers a speech on September 12, 1960, to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association stressing the importance of the separation of church and state.
John F. Kennedy Rallies Hope for Berlin
John F. Kennedy Rallies Hope for BerlinAudio Clip (3:22)
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In a speech delivered in Berlin on June 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy expresses his hopes for the reunification of Germany and shows solidarity with the crowd when he says, "I take pride in the words: Ich bin ein Berliner."
John F. Kennedy Sets Sights on Moon
John F. Kennedy Sets Sights on MoonAudio Clip (1:18)
Audio Clip (1:18)
In an address at Rice University on September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy rallies support for the race to space by telling his fellow Americans that the reason we endeavor to go to the moon is "not because it is easy, but because it is hard."
Johnson Takes Oath of Office Aboard Air Force One
Johnson Takes Oath of Office Aboard Air Force OneAudio Clip (0:34)
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Following the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson is sworn in as president of the United States aboard Air Force One before the plane leaves Dallas for Washington, D.C.
McNamara Briefs President Johnson on Tonkin Gulf
McNamara Briefs President Johnson on Tonkin GulfAudio Clip (1:00)
Audio Clip (1:00)
On August 4, 1964, as events in the Tonkin Gulf unfold, Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara apprised President Lyndon B. Johnson of the situation in a series of phone calls. In the third secretly recorded phone call of the day, McNamara reports that two U.S. destroyers deployed in the Gulf east of Vietnam are under attack. While McNamara did not know it at the time, the information he relayed was later determined to be false.
Johnson Will Not Seek Reelection
Johnson Will Not Seek ReelectionAudio Clip (0:38)
Audio Clip (0:38)
Facing a country sharply divided over the Vietnam War, President Lyndon B. Johnson announces in a national television and radio broadcast on March 31, 1968, that he will not seek reelection to the presidency.
Richard Nixon's Checkers Speech
Richard Nixon's Checkers SpeechAudio Clip (11:12)
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On September 23, 1952, as a candidate for vice president, Richard M. Nixon appears on national television to defend himself against reports that he had taken $18,000 from his supporters for his personal use. In his defense, he denies personal use of any funds, with one exception: the family dog, Checkers, which was given to Nixon as a gift.
Nixon Addresses "Silent Majority"
Nixon Addresses "Silent Majority"Audio Clip (1:53)
Audio Clip (1:53)
On the heels of a major nationwide protest against the Vietnam War in October 1969, President Richard Nixon delivers a speech on November 3, laying out his plans for ending the war through diplomatic negotiations and asking for the support of the "great silent majority" of Americans.
Nixon and Dean Discuss Watergate
Nixon and Dean Discuss WatergateAudio Clip (1:26)
Audio Clip (1:26)
On March 21, 1973, in a secretly recorded conversation, President Richard Nixon and his aide John Dean discuss the unfolding Watergate scandal. Dean tells Nixon that the cover-up is "a cancer on the presidency."
Nixon ResignsAudio Clip (4:16)
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After the revelations of the Watergate scandal, President Richard Nixon announces to the nation on August 8, 1974, that he will resign the presidency at noon the following day.
Gerald R. Ford Pardons Richard Nixon
Gerald R. Ford Pardons Richard NixonAudio Clip (0:53)
Audio Clip (0:53)
In a live broadcast on September 8, 1974, President Gerald Ford grans his disgraced predecessor, Richard Nixon, a "full free and absolute pardon." In an effort to end speculation over whether he had cut a "deal" with Nixon, Ford emphatically stated he'd given the pardon to heal the nation.
Gerald Ford's "Sunday Morning Massacre"
Gerald Ford's "Sunday Morning Massacre"Audio Clip (4:53)
Audio Clip (4:53)
On November 3, 1975, President Ford holds a news conference and announces a number of personnel changes among his top national security posts. The press dubbed his action the "Sunday Morning Massacre."
Jimmy Carter's Remarks on Camp David Summit
Jimmy Carter's Remarks on Camp David SummitAudio Clip (3:33)
Audio Clip (3:33)
In 1978, President Jimmy Carter held a 13-day summit with Egyptian President Anwar el-Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, helping to broker the first-ever peace treaty between Israel and one of its Arab neighbors. On September 17, at the end of the summit, President Carter describes the two agreements the two world leaders will sign.
Carter on Failed Iran Hostage Rescue
Carter on Failed Iran Hostage RescueAudio Clip (1:30)
Audio Clip (1:30)
On April 11, 1980, President Jimmy Carter approved a military operation to rescue the remaining 52 American hostages from the hands of young revolutionaries who had seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in November 1979. After the mission ends with eight U.S.servicemen dead and no hostages freed, President Carter discusses the event at a press conference.
Reagan Endorses Barry Goldwater
Reagan Endorses Barry GoldwaterAudio Clip (0:58)
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When Ronald Reagan, as spokesperson for General Electric, gives his “Time for Choosing” speech in support of Barry Goldwater’s 1964 presidential run, he establishes himself as an important player in the Republican Party and jumpstarts his political career.
Reagan on the Challenger Disaster
Reagan on the Challenger DisasterAudio Clip (0:43)
Audio Clip (0:43)
On January 28, 1986, instead of delivering his scheduled State of the Union Address, President Ronald Reagan speaks to the American people about the space shuttle disaster that killed seven astronauts.
Ronald Reagan Delivers Farewell Address
Ronald Reagan Delivers Farewell AddressAudio Clip (1:54)
Audio Clip (1:54)
On January 11, 1989, President Ronald Reagan, who at nearly 78, was the oldest person ever to hold the nation's highest office, gave his final address to the American people.
Reagan Demands Fall of Berlin Wall
Reagan Demands Fall of Berlin WallAudio Clip (1:08)
Audio Clip (1:08)
On June 12, 1987, in a speech delivered from the Brandenburg Gate in West Germany, President Ronald Reagan makes one of his most famous statements when he calls on Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down the Berlin Wall.
Bush's 1,000 Points of Light
Bush's 1,000 Points of LightAudio Clip (1:11)
Audio Clip (1:11)
Upon his nomination for president of the United States, George H. W. Bush delivers an acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on August 18, 1988. Bush folds into his speech many slogans that he will use throughout his campaign, including his reference to the "1,000 points of light" that symbolize America's diversity.
Read My Lips: No New Taxes
Read My Lips: No New TaxesAudio Clip (0:54)
Audio Clip (0:54)
George H. W. Bush's infamous promise delivered during his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention on August 18, 1988, became the campaign pledge that may have helped win him the election.
Bush on Iraq's Invasion of Kuwait
Bush on Iraq's Invasion of KuwaitAudio Clip (1:38)
Audio Clip (1:38)
In a live report from the Oval Office, President George H.W. Bush announces the deployment of U.S. armed forces to Saudi Arabia. Troops were sent to the Arab nation to deter further Iraqi aggression after Iraq's invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990.
Clinton Responds to the Oklahoma City Bombing
Clinton Responds to the Oklahoma City BombingAudio Clip (1:51)
Audio Clip (1:51)
On April 23, 1995, President Bill Clinton attends the Time of Healing prayer service held in Oklahoma in response to the act of terrorism that killed 168 people. President Clinton speaks at the event and expresses the nation's grief.
Clinton Denies Sexual Relationship
Clinton Denies Sexual RelationshipAudio Clip (0:57)
Audio Clip (0:57)
In a public statement to the American people on January 26, 1998, President Bill Clinton denies allegations of having had an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinski.
The "Clinton Apology"
The "Clinton Apology"Audio Clip (1:49)
Audio Clip (1:49)
On a March 25, 1998, visit to Rwanda, President Bill Clinton delivers what later became known as the Clinton apology, in which he acknowledges America's failure to respond to the Rwandan genocide.
George W. Bush Speaks After Al Gore's Final Concession
George W. Bush Speaks After Al Gore's Final ConcessionAudio Clip (1:40)
Audio Clip (1:40)
After a 36-day legal battle over one of the most contested presidential elections in American history, Vice President Al Gore conceded the 2000 U.S. presidential election to George W. Bush. On December 13, after receiving the phone call from Gore, President Bush addresses the nation.
George W. Bush Vows Revenge for 9/11
George W. Bush Vows Revenge for 9/11Audio Clip (0:31)
Audio Clip (0:31)
On September 14, 2001, a day he declares a national day of mourning and remembrance, President George W. Bush stands atop a pile of rubble at Ground Zero and says that the terrorists responsible for the September 11 attacks will hear from America soon.
Saddam Hussein Captured
Saddam Hussein CapturedAudio Clip (2:01)
Audio Clip (2:01)
Almost a year after sending U.S. troops to fight in Iraq, President George W. Bush announces the capture of the country's dictator, Saddam Hussein, in an address to the nation on December 14, 2003.
Obama Addresses 2004 Democratic Convention
Obama Addresses 2004 Democratic ConventionAudio Clip (2:51)
Audio Clip (2:51)
On July 27, 2004, Barack Obama, then a little-known Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate from Illinois, delivers the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. His speech, in which he describes his personal story of the American Dream, catapults him into the national spotlight.
Obama Announces Death of Osama bin Laden
Obama Announces Death of Osama bin LadenAudio Clip (2:30)
Audio Clip (2:30)
In a dramatic late-night broadcast on May 2, 2011, President Barack Obama announces that the U.S. military and CIA operatives have located and killed the Al Qaeda leader in a nighttime raid on a compound in Pakistan where he had been hiding.
Obama's Inaugural Address
Obama's Inaugural AddressAudio Clip (2:16)
Audio Clip (2:16)
On January 20, 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States and the nation's first African-American president. In his inaugural address, he reminds Americans that he is taking office "in the midst of crisis" but offers hope in meeting the challenge.
Johnson Introduces "Great Society"
Johnson Introduces "Great Society"Audio Clip (2:54)
Audio Clip (2:54)
In a speech presented at the University of Michigan on May 22, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson outlines his vision of a "Great Society," which includes the ideas that will later become programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and Head Start.
Roosevelt Elected to Third Term
Roosevelt Elected to Third TermAudio Clip (1:30)
Audio Clip (1:30)
From WGN Chicago on November 7, 1940, news reporter Fulton Lewis Jr. details the historic third-term election of Franklin D. Roosevelt as president of the United States.
Franklin D. Roosevelt Accepts Fourth Term Nomination
Franklin D. Roosevelt Accepts Fourth Term NominationAudio Clip (2:08)
Audio Clip (2:08)
Broadcast from a Pacific coast naval base to the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, on July 20, 1944, Franklin D. Roosevelt accepts his party’s nomination for an unprecedented fourth presidential bid and speaks about postwar preparations now that victory is close at hand.
Truman's Inaugural Address
Truman's Inaugural AddressAudio Clip (1:57)
Audio Clip (1:57)
On January 20, 1949, beginning his second term, President Harry Truman denounces communism and presents a program for peace in his inaugural address.
Eisenhower's Inaugural Address
Eisenhower's Inaugural AddressAudio Clip (5:51)
Audio Clip (5:51)
When Dwight D. Eisenhower becomes the 34th president of the United States on January 20, 1953, his inaugural address lays out a nine-point plan for achieving world peace.
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