Though one surely cannot draw comparisons between the mighty office of the President of the United States and that of local selectman; one must bear in mind that the responsibility of elected public officials recognizes no distinction in terms of their obligation to the citizenry. Each day, I endeavor to fulfill my responsibilities in a manner befitting the trust you have placed in me. I am reminded always of my obligation to work for you with great vigor and honesty.
Second Inaugural Address (March 4, 1793)
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 endeavour 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 injunction thereof, I may (besides incurring Constitutional punishment) be subject to the upbraidings of all who are now witnesses of the present solemn Ceremony.
- George Washington