"First Presidential Messages" is a unique, historical collection of inaugural addresses and little known speeches and remarks made by U.S. presidents on assuming the nation's highest office. This compilation commemorates the 220th anniversary of the presidency and the peaceful transfer of executive power from George Washington, in 1789, to Barack Obama in 2009. "First Presidential Messages" reveals a uniformity of focus on our founding father's vision of self-government. Some of the speeches are so artfully crafted that they rank among the world's greatest; especially Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural, Franklin Roosevelt's first inaugural, Dwight Eisenhower's first inaugural, and John Kennedy's inaugural. More than historical curiosities, these presidential speeches transcend time and collectively present a continued call for national unity and an appeal to actively and creatively safeguard our civil liberties to leave the nation a better place for future generations. This book is both a general research tool and a citizen's companion that will provide the reader with a sense of pride in the genius of our founding fathers and the political system they created to protect the values of the American revolution.