What makes an inaugural address memorable

The election was challenged in court. There were objections to the certification of the electoral college. The new president lost the popular vote. As much as those words could be applied to today's America, they can also be said about the fight over the 2000 election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

The history of presidential inaugurations

In 1961, John Kennedy stood on the lectern of America's gleaming Capitol Building, amidst a sea of people, raised his right hand, and repeated the presidential oath of office.