Presidential Inauguration Fun Facts

Do you think Secret Service would be cool with someone lassoing President Obama? It happened to one president on his Inauguration Day.

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 ...

  •  John F. Kennedy was the last president to attend his inauguration ceremony in a stovepipe hat.
  • More on hats: As a U.S. Representative, Abraham Lincoln attended the inauguration of President Zachary Taylor—where he lost his hat in the crowd and never recovered it.
  • John Quincy Adams was the first president to wear long trousers to his inauguration ceremony (breaking a tradition of colonial breeches).
  • President Adams also famously refused to attend the swearing-in of his successor—Andrew Jackson—after an epically brutal campaign.
  • During his Inaugural Parade, President Eisenhower was lassoed by a cowboy.

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 are not held on a Sunday because Courts and other public institutions are not open. This year, in accordance with the requirements of the United States Constitution, President Obama and Vice President Biden will officially be sworn-in on Sunday, January 20, 2013.]

Tell us about your Inaurguration Day plans in the comment section below.

Vito Spago January 27, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Fancie: Obama won the second term for the same reason that Bush won the second term. He is a known entity and people do not want to take chances. Look at the following article on Obama appointments when Congress is not in session. For a Constitutional Law professor, Obama sure is stupid. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-labor-appointments-20130126,0,1195880.story
Francie January 28, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Vito: I checked out the link you sent me. Did you not read the following: President Reagan made 243 recess appointments during his time in the White House, President Clinton made 140, and President George W. Bush, 171, according to Senate historian Donald Ritchie. Obama made 32 such appointments in his first term. President Obama made less appointments than Presidents Reagan, Clinton and Bush, Jr.
Andrew Peceimer January 29, 2013 at 01:55 AM
So Francie, Do you feel better now that your God like King Obama broke the law fewer times. I thought Obama was a constitional scholar who was not above the law? Oh my...did your celestial immortal President let us all down?
Mark Burns January 29, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Apparently, the latest ones made by the President were overturned by a Federal Appeals Court. Frankie, do you have the list of those made by Bush and Reagan that were struck down for being unconstitutional? I thought the President was an expert on the Constitution. Maybe he just thought he could get away with it.
Francie January 29, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Andrew: Why are you so facetious? No President has ever been perfect. Vito gave the assumption that President Obama was the ONLY President that has made recess appointments. Looks like the GOP is guilty of that as well. That's all.


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