"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 .