From "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" to "ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country," the words in a president's inaugural address can inform policy and national sentiment. But the words themselves are informed by the policy, culture and economy of the country at that particular moment.
Unlike the State of the Union address, or even Election Day, Inauguration Day always lands on the same day every four years - January 20. Meaning, for those folks born on January 20, they have a beacon to mark their age with national politics. Take Ashley-Anne Masters, born on Inauguration Day 1981. Her mother voted for Ronald Reagan, and even campaigned for the Republican presidential candidate when Ashley-Anne was in utero. But Ashley-Anne is a chaplain at Lurie Children's Hospital in downtown Chicago and says health care costs have changed her family's political perspective.
In 2010, the year President Barack Obama signed his healthcare overhaul, the country's health expenditures topped $2.6 trillion. According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, that's more than 10 times the $256 million spent in 1980, when Ashley-Anne's mother was preparing for the arrival of her first and only child. The country spent roughly $1,110 per person in 1980, a figure that skyrocketed to $8,402 in 2010.
In this special report from Marketplace and in collaboration with journalism students at the USC Annenberg School for Communication we take a look at Inauguration Day through history through the presidents, the policies, and the lives of seven people born on that day.