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Bill Clinton Inaugural Address Highlights: 7 Quotes From Speeches

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President Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton wave to the crowd from the reviewing stand in front of the White House, at Clinton's Inaugural parade, 1993. (Dennis Brack/Landov, file)

By    |   Friday, 20 Mar 2015 04:58 PM

Bill Clinton's victory in the 1992 presidential election ended 12 years of Republican control of the White House. Known for his memorable inaugural speeches, Clinton spoke of transforming America in a new world, and revitalizing democracy.

The third-youngest president at the time he was sworn in, Clinton took over at the end of the Cold War. Clinton, the former Governor of Arkansas, earned the job with pledges of fighting for middle-class Americans.

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Here are seven highlights from his inaugural addresses:

1. "There is nothing wrong in America that can't be fixed with what is right in America."

2. "This ceremony is held in the depth of winter. But, by the words we speak and the faces we show the world, we force the spring. A spring reborn in the world's oldest democracy, that brings forth the vision and courage to reinvent America."

3. "Profound and powerful forces are shaking and remaking our world. And the urgent question of our time is whether we can make change our friend and not our enemy. This new world has already enriched the lives of millions of Americans who are able to compete and win in it. But when most people are working harder for less; when others cannot work at all; when the cost of health care devastates families and threatens to bankrupt our enterprises, great and small; when the fear of crime robs law-abiding citizens of their freedom; and when millions of poor children cannot even imagine the lives we are calling them to lead, we have not made change our friend."

4. "Though our challenges are fearsome, so are our strengths. Americans have ever been a restless, questing, hopeful people. And we must bring to our task today the vision and will of those who came before us."

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5. "My fellow Americans, you, too, must play your part in our renewal. I challenge a new generation of young Americans to a season of service: to act on your idealism by helping troubled children, keeping company with those in need, reconnecting our torn communities. There is so much to be done; enough, indeed, for millions of others who are still young in spirit to give of themselves in service, too. In serving, we recognize a simple but powerful truth: We need each other, and we must care for one another."

6. "May those generations whose faces we cannot yet see, whose names we may never know, say of us here that we led our beloved land into a new century with the American Dream alive for all her children; with the American promise of a more perfect union a reality for all her people; with America's bright flame of freedom spreading throughout all the world."

7. "And once again, we have resolved for our time a great debate over the role of government. Today we can declare: Government is not the problem, and government is not the solution. We — the American people — we are the solution. Our founders understood that well and gave us a democracy strong enough to endure for centuries, flexible enough to face our common challenges and advance our common dreams in each new day."

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