American History: The Greatest Speeches (1933-2008)

[FDR]: So first of all, let me assert my firm
belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself. Nameless, unreasoning,
unjustified terror which paralyzes needed us to convert retreat into advance. Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the
United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and
air forces of the Empire of Japan. A short time ago an American airplane
dropped one bomb on Hiroshima and destroyed its usefulness to the enemy.
That bomb has more power than 20,000 tons of TNT. The Japanese began the war
from the air at Pearl Harbor, they have been repaid many-fold. And the
end is not yet. With this bomb, we have now added a new
and revolutionary increase in destruction to supplement the growing
power of our armed forces. We have been compelled to create a permanent
armaments industry of vast proportions. In the council’s of government, we must
guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence—whether sought or
unsought—by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of
misplaced power exists and will persist. We must never let the weight of this
combination endanger our liberties or democratic process. I do not believe that any of us would
exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the
faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will
light our country and all who serve it. And the glow from that fire can truly
light the world. And so my fellow Americans ask not what your country can
do for you, ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world, ask not what America will do for you, but
what together we can do for the freedom of man. And there are even a few who say that it’s true that communism is an evil
system, but it permits us to make economic progress. Lasst sie nach Berlin kommen—let them come to Berlin. [Cheering] All free men—wherever they may live—are
citizens of Berlin and therefore, as a free man, I take pride
in the words ich bin ein Berliner. I have a dream, that my four little children will one day
live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color about skin, but by
the content in their character. I have a dream today. Let freedom ring and when it happens, we allow freedom ring, when we let it
ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will
be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children—black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics—will be able to join hands and
sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual, “free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty, we are free at last.” There is no constitutional issue here. The command of the Constitution is
plain. There is no moral issue. It is wrong, deadly wrong, to deny any of your fellow
Americans the right to vote in this country. To know war is to know that there is still madness
in this world. They are poor to be lifted up, and there
are cities to be built, and there’s a world to be helped. Yet, we do what we must. I’m hopeful—and I will try, best I
can, with everything I’ve got—to end this battle and to return our sons to their
desires. Yet as long as others will challenge America’s
security, and test the dearness of our beliefs with fire and steel, then we must
stand or see the promise of two centuries tremble. All we say to America is be true to what you
said on paper. But somewhere I read of the freedom of assembly. Somewhere I read of
the freedom of speech. Somewhere I read of the freedom of press. Somewhere I read that the greatness of America is the right
to protest for rights. [Cheering] And so, just as I say we aren’t going to let any dogs
or water hoses turn us around, we aren’t going let any injunction turn us around. I don’t know what will happen now. We’ve
got some difficult days ahead. but it really doesn’t matter with me now
because I’ve been to the mountaintop. [Cheering] And I don’t mind. Like anybody, I would like to live a long
life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s
allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land. I may not get there with you, but I want
you to know tonight, that we as a people will get to the promised land. [Cheering.] So I’m happy tonight, I’m not worried about anything, I’m
not fearing any man. Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. [Cheering] I have some very sad news for all of you,
and I think sad news for all of our fellow citizens and people who love
peace all over the world, and that is that Martin Luther King was shot and was
killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee. Martin Luther King dedicated his life to
love and to justice between fellow human beings, he died in the cause of that effort. For
those of you who are black and are tempted to be filled with hatred and mistrust of the injustice of such an act against all white people, I would only say that I can also feel in
my own heart the same kind of feeling. I had a member
of my family killed, but he was killed by a white man. But we
have to make an effort in the United States. We have to make an effort to
understand, to get beyond—or go beyond— these rather difficult times. My favorite poem—my favorite poet was
Aeschylus—he once wrote ‘Even in our sleep, pain which cannot
forget, falls drop by drop upon the heart until in our own despair, against our
will, comes wisdom through the awful grace of God.’ What we need in the United
States is not division, what we need in the United States is not
hatred, what we need in the United States is not
violence and lawlessness, but is love and wisdom and compassion
toward one another, a feeling of justice toward those who
still suffer within our country, whether they be white, or whether they be black. Throughout the long and difficult period
of Watergate, I have felt it was my duty to persevere. To make every possible
effort to complete the term of office to which you elected me. In the past few
days however, it has become evident to me that I no longer have a strong enough
political base in the Congress to justify continuing that effort. Therefore, I shall resign the presidency
effective at noon tomorrow. Vice President Ford will be sworn in as
president at that hour, in this office. Today is a day for mourning and
remembering. Nancy and I are pained to the core over the tragedy of the shuttle Challenger. We know we share this pain with all of
the people of our country. This is truly a national loss. We’ve
never had a tragedy like this and perhaps we’ve forgotten the courage it
took for the crew of the shuttle. But they, the Challenger Seven were aware of the
dangers and overcame them and did their jobs brilliantly. We mourn seven heroes. And I want to say
something to the schoolchildren of America who were watching the live
coverage of the shuttle’s take off. I know it’s hard to understand, but
sometimes painful things like this happen It’s all part of the process of
exploration and discovery. It’s all part of taking a chance and
expanding man’s horizons. The future doesn’t belong to the
faint-hearted. It belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the
future and we’ll continue to follow. There is one sign the Soviets can make
that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of
freedom and peace. General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek
peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you
seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall. Just two hours ago, allied air forces began an attack on
military targets in Iraq and Kuwait these attacks continue as I speak ground forces are not engaged this
conflict started August second when the dictator of Iraq invaded a small and
helpless neighbor Kuwait a member of the Arab Lee and a member of the United
Nations was crushed its people brutalized five months ago sediment
saying started this cruel war against Kuwait tonight that battle has been
joined this speaker mr. vice president members of Congress honored guests my
fellow Americans we are fortunate to be alive at this moment in history never before has our nation enjoyed at
once so much prosperity and social progress with so little internal crisis
and so few external threats never before have we had such a blessing
opportunity and therefore such a profound obligation to build a more
perfect union of our founders dreams we begin the new century with over 20
million new jobs the fastest economic growth in more than
30 years the lowest unemployment rates in 30
years the lowest poverty rates in 20 years the lowest african-american and Hispanic
unemployment rates on record the first back-to-back surpluses and 42 years and
next month America will achieve the longest period of economic growth in our
entire history good evening just moments ago I spoke with George W
Bush and congratulated him on becoming the 43rd President of the United States
and I promised them that I wouldn’t calling back this time now the US Supreme Court has spoken let
there be no doubt while I strongly disagree with the court’s decision I
accept it I accept the finality of this outcome
which will be ratified next monday in the electoral college and tonight for
the sake of our unity of the people and strength of our democracy I offer my concession this nation stands with the good people
of new york and the jersey and connecticut as we mourn the loss of
thousands of vs I can the rest of the world hears you and the
people and the people who knocked these
buildings down will hear all of us yeah yeah yeah and all those watching tonight from
beyond our shores from Parliament sand palaces to those who are huddled around
radios in the forgotten corners of the world are stories are singular but our
destiny is shared and a new dawn of American leadership is at hand to those to those who would tear the
world down we will defeat you to those who seek peace and security we
support you and to all those who have wondered if America’s beacon still burns
as bright tonight we proved once more that the true strength of our nation
comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth but from the
enduring power of our ideals democracy Liberty opportunity and
unyielding hope yeah that’s the true genius of America that
America can change our union can be perfect what we’ve already achieved gives us
hope for what we can and must achieve tomorrow this election had many firsts and many
stories will be told for generations but one that’s on my mind tonight’s about a
woman who cast her ballot in Atlanta she’s a lot like the millions of others
who stood in line to make their voice heard in this election except for one thing and Nixon Cooper is
a hundred and six years old she was born just a generation passed slavery a time
when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky when someone like her
could vote for two reasons because she was a woman and because of the color of
her skin and tonight I think about all that she’s seen
throughout her century in America the Harding and the hope the struggle and
the progress the times we were told that we can’t and the people who pressed on with that
American creed yes we can at a time when women’s voices
were silenced and their hopes dismissed she lived to see them stand up and speak
out and reach for the bailout yes we can when there was this fair and
the Dust Bowl and depression across the lamb she saw a nation conquer fear itself
with a new deal new jobs a new sense of common purpose yes we can when the bombs fell on our
Harbor and tyranny threaten the world she was there to witness a generation
rise to greatness and a democracy was saved yes we can she was there for the buses
in Montgomery the hoses in birmingham a bridge in Selma and a preacher from
Atlanta who told the people that we shall overcome yes we can a man touch down on the moon a wall came down in Berlin a world was
connected by our own science and imagination and this year in this
election she touched her finger to a screen and
cast her vote because after a hundred and six years in America through the
best of times and the darkest of hours she knows how America can change yes we
can America we have come so far we have seen
so much but there’s so much more to do so tonight let us ask ourselves if our
children should live to see the next century if my daughter should be so lucky to
live as long as an mix and Cooper what change will they see what progress what we have made this is our chance to
answer that call this is our moment this is our time to
put our people back to work and open doors of opportunity for our kids to
restore prosperity and promote the cause of peace to reclaim the American Dream
and reaffirm that fundamental truth that out of many we are one that while we
breathe we hope and where we are met with cynicism and doubt and those who
tell us that we can’t we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up
the spirit of a people yes we can thank you God bless you and
may God bless the United States of America yeah

Comments 100

  • Add your voice to history and VOTE!!!

  • The gospel of go spel Slavery equal Ely SAV proclamation of Elijaha Cummings of Elijaha Elias Eli Ely must restore all things of the format of Obamacrate of President Obama Equal Government equal Negro M Evnt proclamation of Governess equal dictionary equal Negro s Vs of go spel generation equal Negro Nati E equal Nation equal governor equal Negro Ovr laws of the land of the Bible old King James Bible study

  • May Allah djelesanuhu bless America and all the World.entire.may you rest in peace Mr Kennedy… Amin jarabi ala alemin

  • Kennedy’s moon speech?

  • The late great WILLIAM MILTON COOPER. A true American patriot. FREEDOM.

  • Dr MLK sure sounded like he had a premonition. May his soul rest well.

  • obama was a joke right??

  • Tear down this wall
    It deserved to be here

  • Where's "we choose to go to the moon"

  • excellent video in that the descriptions were neutral except for the one on George W. Bush. I really loved this movie until that dig. They all made mistakes so not fair to just highlight his.

  • 2026~2030 YEAR.


  • ❤🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷🌷❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤❤😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥😥

  • Mountain top is the best.. by far

  • Another one by Reagan… Its nice to be liked but more important to be respected….

  • Trump will never be on these types of lists.

  • Idk if it’s because I’m dead tired or what but JFK and MLK’s speeches just resonate power

  • Obama announcing the best news in American history since the civil rights act which was the happy murder of Osama Bin Laden is not here why

  • Filled with lessons

  • To those who think there is no politician who resonates this type of unity, I beg you to listen carefully.

  • Obama brings promises. Trump brings jobs.

  • I think these are some speeches that should be heard today from some of the great leaders of our country and of our past 1933-2008 these men wear what what our country should be today from Rossavelt to where it is today I want to ask what happen to our country we have shootings more and more everyday I think that we need stop and listen to these leaders our History and watch what these men stood for our country is in a Great Depression today as it was in 1933 these men is what made our country these men I wish was here today to see what is going on with their country they would be disappointed to what it has come today

  • Missed JFK's speech about the Moon and Gerald Ford's "Our long national nightmare is over" and "The state of the Union is not good". Great video, still.

  • Only lefties, huh? Figures, you guys simply rewrite history any way that suits you.

  • Ronald Reagan: Tear down the wall
    Donald Trump: Build the wall

  • Y y is not me I did I was levong my life is Jesus ppl do know lie DAT Bey tell ppls no one can tuch me am look for Bey Bey run away my problem now me tell ert body me king jusus ppl tell me me king u gay make problem u want to day zcc ppl lie

  • 1:29 Too late bruh…they already control the country and goverment now.

  • You love to see these timeless speeches. Very inspiring.

  • Obama really has some serious skills if it comes to speech.

  • Unconditional love high resprect from living god's precious child soul ll remembering your souls service and sacrifices resprected loved all global leaders and families soul's livingly peacefully fearlessly happily ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever ever this is my love letter….

  • No malcom X again ha, typical.

  • You know I’m not getting into which way I lean. After reading these comments I find it interesting how many people believe it’s just the president who does things. We forget that we have elections every two years for the people who decide if the president gets to make a decision. We elect the people who refuse to get things done, we elect the extreme left and extreme right, we listen to the ads and commercials from corporations and other countries and listen to them without question. We the people decide what our morals are, we the people decide the politicians in our country, we the people have decided not to work together for a brighter path by choosing those who hold the worst views of our best values. We are the ones responsible for every mess we put ourselves in past present and future. We are Americans and we do tend to dig in when someone holds an opposing view and call them wrong. we push harder and harder away from each other and become dismissive of one another then get angry and elect the clintons, the bushes, the obamas, the trumps. We elect the extreme sides of our view and we dismiss those who early on would bridge the gaps and bring us together. We then stay angry and elect a house and Congress with the same extreme views as our presidents whom absolutely refuse to work together and move our nation forward and we suffer because of it. Our pain is self inflicted, we the people hurt ourselves because we can’t work together. This is the true problem facing our nation today, our unwillingness to learn everything we can, our taking facts true or false without question from unknown sources or people who won’t back up their claim, and our making of decisions based on our emotions and the facts we took without question. Until this changes America will remain in the purgatory it has been in for a very long time. We have to admit to ourselves we may be wrong about things, we have to recognize we’ve all made mistakes in what we believe and we need to stop digging in and stop yelling and start listening to each other. We need to provide arguments back and forth to each other supported by verifiable facts not Facebook YouTube or our friends and families hearsay, and when we don’t agree we must start finding compromise. We are on this ship together like it or not and when we fail we all fail together. It’s time to clam down and talk to each other then bridge our differences and work towards a better future for our nation with better leaders. I believe we can all agree on these simple principles and simple observations. If you do not please tell me why in a calm demeanor, I’m not responding to anyone’s comments made towards me because I only wish to listen to you now. I have said my piece and I would like to hear yours and think about what you say.


  • O how the mighty have fallen

  • I have a dream that one day my four little childre will live by not judging by colors or skin

  • John F Kennedy will still be my favorite.

  • The Bin Laden killing and Obama’s exit speech for the next video

  • I get the goosies listening to these

    God bless Amen

  • The song Abraham, Martin & John makes me tear up every time i hear it

  • Listening to these speeches shows how inadequate the current president is


  • Obama is a bad man

  • Dang Obama And MLK gave goosebumps

  • Now we have screech in the WH

  • Thank you public Servant, Good blessed you.
    Check out, Jesus is the last Buddha

  • Wtf! Black Americans didn't had the right to vote!?? I'd like to ask the person who made the law why he feels that way and what was hes reasons.

  • I love seeing all the comments about trump not realizing that this video came out before trump got elected.

  • Story of a great nation

  • I'll admit, I had a tear roll down my cheek as Martin Luther King spoke those words. No matter where you hear it or when you feel as if you're there in front of the Lincoln Memorial.

  • Martin Luther King was assassinated due to his political ambitions, looks like that way too.

  • And then comes Donald Trump 😑

  • Trump would said get them out of the room

  • 👌 ❤ 👍 👈 ✊.

  • Trump will never have that "moving" speech along with these past presidents. He's a fraud.

  • MLK never killed anyone never shot a bullet but he went down in history as one of the greatest men to ever live.



    No one speaks like this anymore. I miss this.

  • RFK is my favorite out of all of them, EASILY!

  • MLK’s “I’ve been to the mountaintop” speech brought me to tears.

  • every one remembers JFK'S, 'Ask not what your country can do for you!' Progressive Democrats have made a Mockery of that statement.

  • RFK wasn't as great an orator as his brother, much better amongst the crowds- holding the children of the poor's hands tight

  • Obama leader of America love you my brother

  • Where is JFK “We choose to go to the moon”.

  • Woah, JFK’s Berlin was powerful and to think these aren’t even Americans cheering, which makes it doper.

  • Obama had the best speeches money and teleprompters can buy.

  • Obama's oratory prowess is unmatched

  • Where is Malcolm X's speech ballot or bullet

  • No June 6th 1944 speech? One of the greatest ones

  • Ich bin ein Berliner

  • The thumbnail made Obama look mad at MLK Jr for pointing at JFK

  • The party of Kennedy would not rocognize today's Democrat party! It is Communist.

  • Obama’s speech is the best in all of us presidents

  • Where is bush mission accomplished? Even he laughs about it.

  • Martin kings last speech was I’ve been to the mountaintop he said it 1 day before he assassinated by James earl ray

  • Kennedy was a conservative who believed strongly in God and Christ, with the same exact platform as President Ronald Reagan. Liberals today have no memory, probably purposely or surely they would have to admit they have nothing in common with the man President Kennedy whom they seem to proclaim as their own so often, with nothing in common whatsoever.

  • 1. John F Kennedy
    2. Franklin D Roosevelt
    3. Barack Obama
    4. Martin Luther King Jr
    5. Ronald Reagan

    Great American patriots 🇺🇸

  • They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people."… Donald Jumanji Trump 😂

  • God, Bobby Kennedy would have been quite the president. He was a politician who would go out and see the hardships of the country and strive to solve the issue. From the isolated white in the Appalachian Mountains, to the poverty ridden, starving blacks in the Mississippi Delta, to the Farmer Protests with Chavez in California. He was a liberal Democrat who was the only one to greet the police on Capitol Hill. As shown here, he broke the news of MLKs untimely death to a group of African Americans and calmed the city and prevented violence that ravaged the nation.
    Bobby was a big reason why Jack became president, hell, even senator. Without Bobby, Camelot would not have happened.

  • My grandmother was there when Rob Kennedy made that speech the fateful night in Indianapolis. She said she had never felt so sad yet comforted in her entire life. His words were able to calm and bring hope and restore and restrain retaliation of that news. Sometimes I wish I could see through her eyes and experience what it was like that night.

  • These men decided and took action undermining their futures so we could enjoy our liberties.

  • I remembered when Obama was elected President. I and my mom stayed up all night through the election to his proclamation. He was MLK's dream come true.

  • What a woman to survive so much to realize her dream..

  • So stupid all this war leads to the destruction of the luckiest planet ever. We were place perfectly away from the sun just for us humans to kill it this quickly.

  • “There will be difficult days ahead…” – MLK
    Damn that hurts 😭 😭 😭!

  • I find your lack of William Jennings Bryan disturbing

  • How did America go from Obama down to Trump. Is like going back in time

  • Obama’s speech always gets me!😭💪🏽

  • Robert f Kennedys speech of Martin Luther kings death IT was very sad😭😭

  • I find FDR’s Pearl Harbor Speech to be very powerful and encouraging. Good old FDR

  • I saw Obama speeking on American soil with African brain.

  • Reminder about order in the court. News that you could believe. Trump chaos in the W.H. is clearly not the order of U.S.of America. We the people stand for order in the court.

  • That dream was from a man of GOD. Minister Martin Luther king Jr. God has placed dreams in every one of us. He need his kingdom to come to earth. He would manifest without man okay. He has the master plan. Amen.

  • Seriously you put obummer with these great men just insulting.

  • The best president is brack obama

  • Best speach goes to MLK and RJK. God bless them.

  • Y love you !!!Kiss Barak Obama !!!

  • I always come back to this awesome video! Love this!!!

  • Epic thriller

  • “I have been to the mountaintop “ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *