Monday, January 21, 2013


Presidential inaugurals: Pomp, pageantry and the unpredictable
The inauguration of President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 21 is the 57th such ceremony in U.S. history.

Jan. 21, 2013: The inauguration of President Barack Obama. Jan. 20 is the traditional day to take the oath, but it fell on a Sunday. Obama joined six other presidents in having the ceremony pushed forward one day to Monday.
It’s Inauguration Day! Are you ready for all the pomp and pageantry?
Barack Obama takes the presidential oath of office again today on the west front of the Capitol – the country’s 57th inaugural.
Traditions surround the ceremony, but examples of exceptions abound – brought on by weather, the calendar and untimely presidential deaths.
We look at presidential inaugurations past and present today with a photo gallery over at Face the Facts USA today. Click on the image and enjoy. Who was the first president to take the oath at the Capitol? Where were the most unusual ceremonies held? READ MORE

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