Jimmy Carter Inaugural Address
00:02:42 - 00:05:12
Jimmy Carter "For myself and for our Nation, I want to thank my predecessor for all he has done to heal our land. (appluase) (Mr. Gerald Ford stands, shakes hands with Mr. Carter, then waves to the crowd.) In this outward and physical ceremony, we attest once again to the inner and spiritual strength of our Nation. As my high school teacher, Miss Julia Coleman, used to say, We must adjust to changing times and still hold to unchanging principles. Here before me is the Bible used in the inauguration of our first President, in 1789, and I have just taken the oath of office on the Bible my mother gave me just a few years ago, opened to a timeless admonition from the ancient prophet Micah: 'He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God. This inauguration ceremony marks a new beginning, a new dedication within our Government, and a new spirit among us all. A President may sense and proclaim that new spirit, but only a people can provide it.