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President Farewell Addresses

             "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the .
             United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution .
             of the United States." This oath has been recited 68 times by 42 different men. It is the oath .
             each president recites in accordance with Article II, Section I of the United States .
             Constitution every four years at the start of a new term. From that point on each president .
             will address the public, and although they are required only to give a State of the Union .
             Address, many will give Inaugural speeches, Farewell Addresses, address the Joint Session .
             of Congress as well as giving other international speeches throughout their presidency. .
             Some Presidents have used their final addresses to either tell the public their hope for the .
             future as in George Washington's farewell address, advise a course of action needed to be .
             taken such as Dwight Eisenhower's farewell address or apologize for past deeds as in .
             Richard Nixon's resignation speech.
             In first reading of George Washington's address there is a sense that Washington just .
             wanted to say to everyone that he did not want to be president for a third term, he wanted to .
             thank the public for the honor of being president and state what his hopes were for the future .
             of the Union. However President Washington accomplished more than that in his address as .
             he had three distinct parts to his address. As he was not the most polished speaker and he .
             wanted to get his farewell address out to all of the public, Washington chose to have it .
             printed in the newspapers. In the first part of his address Washington does not just state he .
             does not want to be considered for a third term as president, but he gives his personal reasons .
             to justify his decision. He states, "The acceptance of and continuance hitherto in the office .
             of which your suffrages have twice called me have been a uniform sacrifice of inclination to .

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