Presidential Inauguration Festivities FAQ

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  • What's It All About?
  • Why Is Obama Having Two Swearing-In Ceremonies
  • What Oath Does the President Recite?
  • Who Will Administer the Oath?
  • When Was the First Inauguration Parade?
  • How Many Inaugural Balls Are Held?
  • Who Picks Up the Tab for Official Inauguration Events?
  • Who Coordinates the Inaugural Events?

What Oath Does the President Recite?

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." The oath marks the start of the new administration.

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