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The University of Rochester has assembled an exhibit on the history of presidential speechwriting. | The exhibit is comprised of more than 50 selections of presidential speeches from public and private collections, including a signed copy of President John F. Kennedy's 1961 inaugural address, famous for the phrase, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." | Also on display is a copy of Abraham Lincoln's first address to the nation, as well as letters, photographs, and correspondence of presidents including John Quincy Adams, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Theodore Roosevelt, and Bill Clinton. | Curt Smith, former speechwriter for President George H. W. Bush, was a co-curator for the project. Smith wrote Bush's "Just War" speech and his speech for the 50th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. | Some of the items in the exhibit are from Smith's personal collection. | The exhibit runs now through Friday, March 8, at the UR's Rush Rhees Library in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Information: 275-4477.