Monday, January 21, 2013
As inaugural festivities continue in Washington, D.C., we want to get a local take on the three-day production and its value to the country as a whole.
As President Barack Obama gave his second inaugural address today, Jan. 21, thousands of Americans turned out to watch the festivities in Washington, D.C. Even more tuned in to watch the pageantry live on television or the Internet. A tradition that dates back to George Washington’s first swearing-in on April 30, 1789, the Presidential Inauguration has become bigger, better and much, much more costly through the years. The first few inaugurations were rather short affairs that didn’t include gala balls. Washington, in fact, only spoke 135 words in his second inaugural address, according to the U.S. Senate’s website. Balls weren’t added to the mix until James Madison’s 1809 swearing-in. Those festivities only cost attendees $4 each for …
Do you think Secret Service would be cool with someone lassoing President Obama? It happened to one president on his Inauguration Day.
Monday, January 21
On Monday, Jan. 21, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the nation's 45th president (*OK, technically he'll be sworn in Sunday, Jan. 20—see note below). Although there is much protocol and tradition that goes along with presidential inaugurations, history shows there's a bit of wiggle room when it comes to things such as fashion and parade behavior. For instance, did you know ... Trivia courtesy of the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2013 What twists to the 57th Presidential Inauguration might we see Monday? A Gangnam Style flash mob on the steps of the Capitol? FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States) sporting a Presidential seal tattoo on those legendary arms? *[A note about the actual swearing in date: Historically, Inaugural Ceremonies …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
How to watch President Barack Obama's 2013 inauguration online and on television.
Festivities for President Barack Obama's second inauguration will take place Monday. The second inauguration ceremony will start at 10:30 a.m. CST, followed by the inaugural parade, commander-in-chief's ball and the inaugural ball. Inauguration festivities will be broadcast by several networks, including NBC, ABC, CW, PBS and CNN. Mashable also put together a round-up of nine ways to watch Obama's inauguration online. -------- Sign up for our free daily e-newsletter Like Niles-Morton Grove Patch on Facebook