American Rhetoric: Movie Speech

"Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" (1939)


Mr. Jefferson Smith Takes the Constitutional Oath of Office

Audio mp3 delivered by Harry Carey and Jimmy Stewart


Senate President: The Gentleman will raise his right hand: 

Do you solemnly swear to support and defend the Constitution of the United States, against all enemies, foreign and domestic; and that you will bear truth faith and allegiance to the same; that you take this obligation freely without mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the Office upon which you are about to enter, so help you God?

Mr. Smith: I do.

Senate President: Senator, you can talk all you want to, now.

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