Inaugural Speech Binge

You can start Inauguration Day tomorrow, January 20, by watching Presidential inaugural speeches from the past 72 years on over-the-air channel Decades. The nine-hour chronological binge will start at 5 am ET with Harry Truman’s 1949 address and last through 2 pm.

Be advised, though, that the last couple of hours or so of Inauguration Day Through the Decades, featuring the speeches of Barack Obama and Donald Trump, will coincide with Joe Biden’s swearing in and speech, available ubiquitously elsewhere starting at 11:30 am.

Here’s the complete schedule by the hour of Decades’ 17 inaugural addresses from 12 presidents:

5 am – Harry S. Truman, 1949; Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953; John F. Kennedy, 1961.

6 am  – Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965; Richard Nixon, 1969.

7 am – Richard Nixon, 1973; Jimmy Carter, 1977.

8 am – Ronald Reagan, 1981 and 1985.

9 am –  George H.W. Bush, 1989; Bill Clinton, 1993.

10 am  – Bill Clinton, 1997; George W. Bush, 2001.

11 am  – George W. Bush, 2005; Barack Obama, 2009.

12 pm  – Barack Obama, 2013.

1 pm –  Donald Trump, 2017.

Visit Decades’ Where to Watch page to find your local station, either over-the-air or on cable.

Footage of the past inaugural speeches comes from the CBS News Archives. Decades is jointly owned by CBS and Weigel Broadcasting.

If you’re not awake for the opening hour of the Decades marathon, here’s the most well-known passage from perhaps any inaugural address:

(Top image source: 2017 Decades YouTube video)

(The above is an updated version of a previously published quadrennial article)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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