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BackStory: Inaugurations

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Eric Mennel

on 19 January 2013

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Inaugurations: 1789 2009 Smithsonian Institution Collections Smithsonian Institution Collections Smithsonian Institution Collections Library of Congress 1793 Library of Congress 1801 Smithsonian Institution Collections Clothing button celebrating G. Washington's Inauguration (1789) Clothing button celebrating G. Washington's Inauguration (1789) Clothing button celebrating G. Washington's Inauguration (1789) "Washington's Reception by the Ladies..." (1789) Washington's Second Inauguration, Philadelphia (1793) Banner celebrating Thomas Jefferson's Inauguration (1801) 1829 Andrew Jackson's First Inauguration Bash (1829) Library of Congress 1833 Invitation to Andrew Jackson's Inaugural Ball (1833) Smithsonian Institution Collections 1841 William Henry Harrison delivering his inaugural address (1841) Smithsonian Institution Collections A silk copy of William Henry Harrison's address, the longest to date (1841) Smithsonian Institution Collections 1853 Franklin Pierce's Inauguration (1853) Library of Congress 1861 Illustration of Abraham Lincoln Inauguration (1861) Smithsonian Institution Collections Thomas Nast cartoon depicting reaction to Lincoln's election (1861) Smithsonian Institution Collections 1865 Invitation to Lincoln's Inaugural Ball (1865) Smithsonian Institution Collections Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address (1865) Smithsonian Institution Collections 1877 Ticket to Rutherford Hayes Inauguration (1877) Smithsonian Institution Collections Rutherford Hayes Inauguration (1877) Library of Congress 1925 The years nobody
remembers the presidents'
names... Illustration of fireworks celebrating Hayes's inauguration (1877) Smithsonian Institution Collections Calvin Coolidge's Inaugural Address (1925) Library of Congress Library of Congress Calvin Coolidge's Inaugural Parade (1925) Calvin Coolidge's Inaugural Parade (1925) 1933 Franklin Roosevelt's First Inauguration (1933) Library of Congress Franklin Roosevelt Inaugural Program (1933) Smithsonian Institution Collections Ticket to Franklin Roosevelt's Inauguration (1933) Smithsonian Institution Collections 1945 Franklin Roosevelt's 4th Inauguration (1945) Library of Congress 1949 1963 1965 1974 1977 Harry Truman's Inauguration (1945) Library of Congress Ticket to Harry Truman's Inaugural Ball (1949) Smithsonian Institution Collections License plate from Harry Truman's inaugural (1949) Smithsonian Institution Collections Pennant Celebrating Truman's Inauguration (1949) Smithsonian Institution Collections Ribbon Celebrating Truman's Inauguration (1949) Smithsonian Institution Collections Swearing-In of Lyndon Johnson on Air Force One (1963) Johnson Presidential Library Smithsonian Institution Collections Pennant Celebrating Johnson's Inauguration (1965) Johnson's Swearing-In (1965) Smithsonian Institution Collections Gerald Ford's Inauguration (1974) Gerald Ford Presidential Library and Museum Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Parade (1977) Library of Congress Jimmy Carter's Inaugural Parade (1977) Jimmy Carter Library and Museum License plate from Carter's inauguration (1977) Smithsonian Institution Collections Ticket to Jimmy Carter Inaugural Ball (1977) Smithsonian Institution Collections Roller Skaters at Carter's Inaugural (1977) Library of Congress Hat Celebrating Barack Obama's Inauguration (2009) Smithsonian Institution Collections BackStory
with the American History Guys with the Smithsonian Institution... and the National Endowment for the Humanities. January 19th, 2013 1953 Dwight Eisenhower being lassoed at his inauguration (1953) Harry S. Truman Library 1961 A replica PT-109 in Kennedy's parade (1961) The Supreme Court... looking very old (1932) U.S. Supreme Court 1905 Teddy Roosevelt escorted by the Rough Riders (1905) Library of Congress What Could Possibly Go Wrong? "All I dare hope is that if, in executing this task, I have been too much swayed by a grateful remembrance of former instances, or by an affectionate sensibility to this transcendent proof of the confidence of my fellow-citizens, and have thence too little consulted my incapacity as well as disinclination for the weighty and untried cares before me, my error will be palliated by the motives which mislead me, and its consequences be judged by my country"

- George Washington (1789) "It has been reserved for a government of the people, where the right of suffrage is universal, to give to the world the first example in history of a great nation, in the midst of the struggle of opposing parties for power, hushing its party tumults to yield the issue of the contest to adjustment according to the forms of law."

- Rutherford Hayes (1877) "This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory. "
- Franklin Roosevelt (1933) "Our Constitution is so simple and practical that it is possible always to meet extraordinary needs by changes in emphasis and arrangement without loss of essential form. That is why our constitutional system has proved itself the most superbly enduring political mechanism the modern world has produced. It has met every stress of vast expansion of territory, of foreign wars, of bitter internal strife, of world relations."
- Franklin Roosevelt (1933) "Forty-four Americans have now taken the presidential oath. The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace. Yet, every so often the oath is taken amidst gathering clouds and raging storms. At these moments, America has carried on not simply because of the skill or vision of those in high office, but because We the People have remained faithful to the ideals of our forbearers, and true to our founding documents."

- Barack Obama (2009)
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