Inauguration Day: Presidential Inauguration Fun Facts

Do you think Secret Service would be cool with someone lassoing President Obama? It did happen to one president on his inauguration day.

Today is the Ceremonial Inauguration of Barack Obama as the nation's 45th president (*he was officially sworn in on Sunday, January 20--see note below). Although there is much protocol and tradition that goes along with presidential inaugurations, history shows there's a bit of wiggle room when it comes to some things such as fashion, and parade behavior.

For instance, did you know?*.....

  •  John F. Kennedy was the last president to attend his inauguration ceremony in a stovepipe hat.
  • More on hats: As a U.S. Representative, Abraham Lincoln attended the inauguration of President Zachary Taylor -- where he lost his hat in the crowd and never recovered it.
  • John Quincy Adams was the first president to wear long trousers to his inauguration ceremony (breaking a tradition of colonial breeches).
  • President Adams also famously refused to attend the swearing-in of his successor -- Andrew Jackson -- after an especially brutal campaign.
  • During his Inaugural Parade, President Eisenhower was lassoed by a cowboy

(*Info courtesy of the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2013.)

What twists to the 57th Presidential Inauguration might we see on Monday? A Gangnam Style flash mob on the steps of the Capitol?  FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States) sporting the Presidential seal-ala-a-tattoo on those legendary arms?

*[A note about the actual swearing in date: Historically, Inaugural Ceremonies are not held on a Sunday because Courts and other public institutions are not open. This year, in accordance with the requirements of the United States Constitution, President Obama and Vice President Biden were officially sworn-in on Sunday, January 20, 2013.]


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Jacquelyn Y. Cook January 21, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Congratulations to our 44th president! President Barack Obama! May God bless you in this your second term! May the favor of God overshadow you all of your days! God bless your family! No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper. Godspeed on this your second term! Love you to life!
Beatrice Karnes January 21, 2013 at 06:39 PM
What a positive comment--thank you, Jacquelyn! Yes, regardless of your politics, may President Obama succeed beyond our wildest dreams. His success is our nation's success.


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