This weekend, President-elect Barack Obama prepares to begin his presidency by delivering an inaugural address. Whatever he says will become a part of history. But some parts of history endure more than others, says Kennedy speechwriter Ted Sorensen.
"Lincoln's second inaugural was one of the most important speeches of all time," Sorensen says. "Roosevelt's first inaugural was very important. Most of the others were forgettable. I have forgotten them."
Host Scott Simon speaks to Sorensen, special counsel and adviser to President John F. Kennedy. Sorensen, who wrote many of Kennedy's most well-known speeches, tells Scott what goes into a great inaugural speech.