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The American Presidency Project is the only online resource that has consolidated, coded, and organized into a single searchable database:
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• Our archives also contain thousands of other documents such as party platforms, candidates' remarks, Statements of Administration Policy, documents released by the Office of the Press Secretary, and election debates:

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The 25 Most Viewed Documents Since 2008
#1 John F. Kennedy
Inaugural Address
#2 Republican Party Platforms
Republican Party Platform of 1956
#3 Democratic Party Platforms
2008 Democratic Party Platform
#4 Republican Party Platforms
2008 Republican Party Platform
#5 John F. Kennedy
Executive Order 10990 - Reestablishing the Federal Safety Council
#6 Democratic Party Platforms
2012 Democratic Party Platform
#7 Republican Party Platforms
2012 Republican Party Platform
#8 George W. Bush
Address to the Nation on the Terrorist Attacks
#9 Ronald Reagan
Inaugural Address
#10 John F. Kennedy
Executive Order 11110 - Amendment of Executive Order No. 10289 as Amended, Relating to the Performance of Certain Functions Affecting the Department of the Treasury
#11 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Fireside Chat on Banking
#12 Barack Obama
Inaugural Address
#13 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Letter on the Resolution of Federation of Federal Employees Against Strikes in Federal Service
#14 John F. Kennedy
Remarks at a Dinner Honoring Nobel Prize Winners of the Western Hemisphere
#15 Franklin D. Roosevelt
1944 State of the Union Message to Congress
#16 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Inaugural Address
#17 Barack Obama
Executive Order 13603 - National Defense Resources Preparedness
#18 Franklin D. Roosevelt
Executive Order 6102 - Requiring Gold Coin, Gold Bullion and Gold Certificates to Be Delivered to the Government
#19 Republican Party Platforms
Republican Party Platform of 1860
#20 George Bush
Executive Order 12803 - Infrastructure Privatization
#21 Abraham Lincoln
Inaugural Address
#22 George Washington
First Annual Message to Congress on the State of the Union
#23 William J. Clinton
Inaugural Address
#24 Democratic Party Platforms
Democratic Party Platform of 1960
#25 John F. Kennedy
Address of Senator John F. Kennedy Accepting the Democratic Party Nomination for the Presidency of the United States - Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles


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Twenty-three Years Ago, Bill Clinton Predicted a "First Man" in the White House
An American Presidency Project Compilation
SANTA BARBARA (Aug. 1, 2016) — Presidents starting at least with Harry Truman, have met with "Girls Nation" delegates at the White House. Often the President's remarks turned to the future careers of the young women in the group. John Kennedy surmised that, "it may not be possible for you to be President." But, he added, "I am sure we are talking to a future First Lady."

Truman, Carter. and Clinton all spoke encouragingly of the possibility for the girls of becoming president. Truman warned in 1949 that in the future, "you might have this terrible job that I have."

Carter observed that the Constitution did not guarantee equality to women, and advocated passage of the Equal Rights Amendment. He added that "I don't have any doubt that before too long we will have our first woman President."

Bill Clinton recalled Kennedy's statement....read full article
Nominating Convention Resources
Some "Firsts" and Interesting Facts at Presidential Nominating Conventions
Ballots Required to Nominate Candidates at National Conventions
List of Cities That Have Hosted National Conventions
Political Party Platforms
Nomination Acceptance Speeches
Days Before or After the First Day of Convention Vice-Presidential Nominees Were Selected
The Post-Convention Bounce in Voters' Preference
Length in Words of Political Party Platforms
visit the American Presidency Project's plaform archive to view plaforms and data from 1840-2016
Jimmy Carter Today in History
39  years  ago
Jimmy Carter
Statement Urging Compliance With the 55-Mile-per-Hour Speed Limit
August 31, 1977
When I delivered my energy message last April, I hoped that the national 55-mile per-hour speed limit--already in force--would help reduce gasoline consumption, which is essential if we are to extend the world's finite supply of oil. If we all drove within the speed limit, we could save more than 8 million gallons of gasoline a day. That's nearly a third of the reduction in total gasoline consumption I asked for in my energy program.

We have saved gasoline by driving slower. Tests by the Federal Highway Administration indicate that, depending on the type of car, drivers can get from 17 to nearly 50 percent better gas mileage at 55 miles per hour than at 70. And we have saved lives. Since the lower speed limit was adopted nationally 3 years ago, there have been approximately 9,000 fewer highway deaths each year than in 1973. The reduced speed limit has been the biggest single factor in this 17-percent drop in highway fatalities.

Unfortunately, highway speeds are again creeping up. ...read full document

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The Document Archive Contains 118,828 Records
• Executive Orders 5763 • State of the Union Addresses 96
• Proclamations 7691   • State of the Union Messages 138
• Press Conferences 2063   • Inaugural Addresses 57
• Saturday Radio Addresses 1560   • Addresses to Congress (non-SOU) 55
• Fireside Chats (FDR) 27   • Addresses to Nation 251
• Veto Messages 1157   • Addresses to the United Nations 47
• Radio & TV Correspondents Dinners 40   • Addresses to Foreign Legislatures 74
• Party Convention Addresses 33   • College Commencement Addresses 162

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