Presidential Rhetoric

This page organizes notes, texts, web resources and bibliographies on presidential rhetoric. For other political rhetoric see Political Rhetoric and Communication. For the Constitution and other founding documents see Founding Documents.


The Rhetorical Lincoln
Impeachment Rhetorics
The Rhetorical Ronald Reagan
The State of the Union Address


George W. Bush, 2001-2009.

Bush, George W. "An Address to a Joint Session of Congress and the American People", 20 September 2001.
Bush, George W. "Address to the Nation on the September 11 Attacks", 11 September 2001.
++William Jefferson Clinton, 1993-2001.
Clinton, William Jefferson "Address to Rwanda Genocide Survivors", 25 March 1998.
Clinton, William Jefferson. "Remarks to the Columbine High School Community," 20 May 1999.
Clinton, William Jefferson. "I Have Sinned"
Clinton, William Jefferson. State of the Union, 1999.
++Lyndon Baines Johnson, 1963-1969.
Johnson, Lyndon Baines. Gulf of Tonkin Address.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 1961-1963.

Kennedy, John Fitzgerald. Address to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, 12 September 1960
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald. Berlin Wall Address.
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald. Civil Rights Address, 11 June 1963.
Kennedy, John Fitzgerald. Inaugural Address.

Abraham Lincoln, 1861-1865.

Lincoln, Abraham. First Inaugural Address
Lincoln, Abraham. Gettysburg Address.
Lincoln, Abraham. Sanitary Fair Address.
Lincoln, Abraham. Second Inaugural Address

Mandela, Nelson. First Inaugural Address as President of South Africa.

Barack Obama, 2009-2016.

Obama, Barack. First Inaugural
Obama, Barack. Marriage Equality Ruling.
Obama, Barack. State of the Union 2015.
Obama, Barack. Victory Speech, 4 November 2008
Obama, Barack. President Obama-Farewell Speech

Ronald Reagan, 1981-1989.

Reagan, Ronald. Challenger Address.
Reagan, Ronald. First Inaugural Address.
Reagan, Ronald. "A Time for Choosing".
++Franklin Delano Roosevelt, 1933-1945.
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano. First Inaugural Address.
Roosevelt, Franklin Delano. Pearl Harbor Address.

Harry S. Truman, 1945-1953.

Truman, Harry S. "Truman Doctrine", 12 March 1947.

George Washington, 1789-1791.

Washington, George. Washington, George. First Inaugural Address.
Washington, George. First Annual Address to Congress on the State of the Union.
Washington, George. Farewell Address.

Woodrow Wilson, 1913-1921.

Wilson, Woodrow. Address to a Joint Session of Congress Requesting a Declaration of War against Germany.

Web Resources

The American Presidency Project.
American Presidents: Life Portraits. C-Span.
Commission on Presidential Debates.
Compilation of Presidential Documents. GPO.
Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections.
Presidential Libraries. National Archives.
Public Papers of the Presidents. Federal Register Publications and National Archives.
Washington Papers. University of Virginia.
Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. Mount Vernon.


Sources on the Rhetorical Lincoln
Presidential Debates
Presidential Rhetoric: General and Comparative Sources
Presidents A to Z
Sources on the Rhetorical Reagan
Speechwriting (Presidential)

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