Presidential Parlance

Inspiring and Thought-Provoking Words from U.S. Presidents

These speeches by U.S. Presidents from Abraham Lincoln to Ronald Reagan introduced a number of enduring phrases—like “military-industrial complex” and “rugged individualism”—into the American lexicon. Explore our collection of pivotal presidential speeches and learn the words that captivated a nation.

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