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?

Why Is Obama Having Two Swearing-In Ceremonies?

The Constitution mandates that presidents be sworn-in on Jan. 20 at noon. It falls on a Sunday this year, so Obama will take the official oath at the White House and again at a public ceremony on the west front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 21. It will be the seventh time that an inauguration date has fallen on a Sunday, a day on which courts and other public institutions are closed.

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