Instructional Video

President George H. W. Bush 1989 Inaugural Address

President George Herbert Walker Bush, sworn in as the 41st president of the United States, addresses the nation on January 20, 1989. He connects patriotism with hard work, citizenship with compassion, and strength in both American convictions and cooperation.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use in a social studies class when studying transition of power in United States history, or in a speech and debate class to focus on delivery
  • Encourage viewers to compare and contrast Bush's address to those of his predecessors in the office
Classroom Considerations
  • At over 20 minutes long, the video may be most effective if broken up
  • Note that the comments section is open to the public, and contains a variety of opinions about past and current politics
  • Video has clear picture and audio quality
  • Provides a link to the C-SPAN archives for additional videos
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