I should be finishing the section of the content guide on Linkedin, but I just can’t because today is my super bowl; today is inauguration day! Well technically it is the 20th, but since it fell on a Sunday, the public ceremony will be today.
Why is this day so significant and why do I wish ALL Americans regardless of their political affinity should stop and be thankful that we live in a country where our leaders are elected and there is a peaceful transfer of power or at least the possibility of such a transfer. You see prior to the election of 1800 never before in the history of mankind had there been a time when parties so opposed to each other personally and politically. While the first inauguration was held in April 30, 1789 at Federal Hall in New York, the first inauguration that in my mind demonstrate the greatness of our country and our constitution was in the election of 1800 where Thomas Jefferson; a Democratic Republican defeated John Adams, a Federalist. It was on that cold March day in 1801 that Thomas Jefferson took the oath of office, swearing to abide by the Constitution (not the American people by the way) and despite the fact that Mr. Adams did not attend the inauguration, peacefully passing the baton to the next leader of the free world.
So, it is today that I stay glued to the television, watching with pride the passing of the baton, which in this case is Obama to Obama and Biden to Biden in what will technically be the 59th inaugural ceremony filled with pomp and circumstance, tradition and rules dictated by our constitution in an act of humility and hope!
Some interesting facts about inauguration day:
President Obama will take the oath of office 4 times despite winning the election only twice! Why? In 2009 Chief Justice Roberts and Barack Obama made a few blunders in the oath that is detailed in the Constitution during the official ceremony and the two did a “retake” on the 21st. Since the 20th fell on a Sunday this year, Obama took the oath in private yesterday and will make his public swearing in today.
Only four times … this year will make five, has the previous president not been in attendance at the inauguration ceremony; John Adams (Jefferson), John Quincy Adams (Jackson), Andrew Jackson (Grant), Wilson (Harding) and now Bush (Obama).
The official inauguration date was moved from March 4th to January 20th in the 20th Amendment in 1933. The change was made to get the new administration in to office. The original date was set to provide a four month waiting period to accommodate travel during cold winter months. The only inauguration that was not held on the 20th of January or the 4th of March was the first inauguration of George Washington held on April 30th 1789.
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