Presidential Inauguration

By | Jan 20, 2009

Shortly after noon on January 20, 2009 Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the oath of office of President of the United States.

After Barack Obama says the words, “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.” he becomes the 44th President of the United States.

Prior to the second inaugural of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1937, the date of the Presidential Inauguration was held on March 4th, although George Washington took the oath of office on April 30, 1789.

With this year’s inauguration January 20th will have been the inauguration date for 19 inaugurations with Barack Obama being the 12th person to take the oath of office on that day.

It is common for the President to make a speech on inauguration day, George Washington gave one on his and each has given one since. These are commonly thought of as some of the most critical speeches given by Presidents.

Texts of these speeches can be found at


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