Presidential Inauguration Festivities FAQ

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  • 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's It All About?

Who Will Administer the Oath? 

The Supreme Court's chief justice traditionally plays this role, although there have been about six exceptions. This year, Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath to Obama. Justice Sonia Sotomayor will administer Vice President Joe Biden's oath.


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