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Sarah Hopler 4/30/07 U.S. History Jefferson and Bush Though 200 years separate the inaugurations of Thomas Jefferson and George W. Bush, the issues with which they dealt in their inaugural addresses have many similarities. When Jefferson was elected to the Presidency, the Federalist Party handed over power to the Democratic Republicans. Today, with Bush becoming President, the Republican Party gains power after a Democratic Presidency for the past eight years. In their inaugural addresses, both Jefferson and Bush stressed the need for national unity. Also, Thomas Jefferson and George W. Bush talked about the defense of the United States. Finally, both Bush and Jefferson discussed religion and values of the American people. ...read more.


In his address, Bush said, "Our unity, our union, is the serious work of leaders and citizens in every generation. And this is my solemn pledge: I will work to build a single nation of justice and opportunity." Both Jefferson and Bush saw that it was necessary for America to be united. Thomas Jefferson and George W. Bush also both discussed America's defense in their inaugural addresses. Bush said that weapons of mass destruction have to be controlled in order to prevent disasters. He also stressed that he will help to build America's defenses in order to deter any other nation from threatening the U.S. ...read more.


Bush made the same observation in his address. Bush declared that, "We are guided by a power larger that ourselves...and we are confident in principles that unite and lead us onward." Bush said that Americans must live with civility, courage, compassion, responsibility, and character. Both Jefferson and Bush believed that Americans are guided in life by religion, which encourages them to follow moral values that benefit America. Though much time separates the terms of Thomas Jefferson and George W. Bush, their inaugural addresses dealt with many of the same issues. Both Jefferson and Bush saw a great need for national unity. The strength of America's defense was also very important to both Presidents. Finally, Thomas Jefferson and George W. Bush both felt that Americans are guided by different but similar religions with teach them to follow values beneficial to America. ...read more.

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