Buchanan) 总统一起搭乘马车离开白宫附近的威拉饭店 (Willard
B. Taney) 主持了总统就职宣誓仪式。当他念完誓词之后，林肯正式成为美国第16任总统。他的演讲是非常重要的，因为他不但是以美国新总统的身份演讲，同时也是以一个处于危机时刻的国家领袖身份来演讲。林肯有着充分的准备。在准备就职演说时，他早已经寻求各方的意见与协助，以便能够传达出最正确的消息。
Monday, March 4, 1861, was a big day for Abraham Lincoln and for America. That morning, he and outgoing President James Buchanan left the Willard Hotel, which is nearby the White House, in a horse-drawn carriage bound for the Capitol. Shortly after 1 p.m., Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Roger B. Taney administered the presidential oath of office. With the swearing of his official vows, Lincoln became the 16th president of the United States. His speech was a very important one because he would be speaking not only as the new president but also as the leader of a nation in crisis. Lincoln was well prepared. He had sought lots of help to deliver the right message in his inaugural address.