Inaugural Address, January 20, 1981


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January 20, 1981


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I do think, however, that my faith in the American people and in what they could do had a special resonance in 1980…The year 1981 was one of applying the conservative principles that I had so long espoused to national government. The great exercise was almost cut short by Mr. Hinckley’s bullet, which got within an inch of my heart. That slowed me down for a couple of months, but in a way it allowed the pressure for change to build, so that when I was back in the fray I had momentum on my side. I had an agenda. I had things that I wanted to accomplish. I began outlining all that with my inaugural address.

- Ronald Reagan -