Barack Obama is the 44th person to ever serve as President of the United States. On Jan. 21, 2012, he will be officially sworn in for his second term. Here are more historical photos from inaugurations past.
Why did Roosevelt change the Inauguration Day from March 4 to January 21?
The Inauguration was moved to January 20 by the 22nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
R1 I think they moved it because thanks to advances in transportation, it didn't take as long to get a new cabinet and new administration in place as it did in years past.
Mistah, we could use a man like Hoibert Hoovah again!
What happens if January 20 falls on a Sunday?
What did they do when March the 4th was a Sunday?
Silly question, but some of these older pictures before the advent of microphones... how would the crowd hear any of it?
[quote]What happens if January 20 falls on a Sunday?
The President gets inaugurated on January 20 when January 20 falls on a Sunday, just like when January 20 falls on a Thursday, they inaugurate on January 20.
For some odd reason, though, they bump the public celebration to Monday.
Garrett Morris stood to the side and yelled to the crowd with a megaphone.
R6 It was not uncommon for them to position people in the crowd who would holler back what they heard the speaker saying. It was like a massive game of Telephone. I imagine some people at the very back of the crowd in Gettysburg thought Lincoln said, "Four doors and seven ears to go..."
Thanks for including that glamour shot of Sally just in time for the Oscar vote!
Roosevelt inaugurated as US president for third term - British Pathé video