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Our Founding Tweeter: President George Washington

President Washington with Red, White, and Blue stripes behind him

Always a man of few words, President George Washington would have been well-suited for today’s social media world.  At just 135 words, George Washington’s second inaugural address was the shortest in history, and would have fit into just 6 tweets.  Yes, 6.  We did the math.  President Washington delivered it on March 4, 1793, and it went like this:

Fellow Citizens:

I am again called upon by the voice of my country to execute the functions of its Chief Magistrate.  When the occasion proper for it shall arrive, I shall endeavor to express the high sense I entertain of this distinguished honor, and of the confidence which has been reposed in me by the people of united America.

Previous to the execution of any official act of the President the Constitution requires an oath of office.  This oath I am now about to take, and in your presence: That if it shall be found during my administration of the Government I have in any instance violated willingly or knowingly the injunctions thereof, I may (besides incurring constitutional punishment) be subject to the upbraidings of all who are now witnesses of the present solemn ceremony.