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Inauguration Day 2017: When Does the New President Get Sworn In?

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The winner of the 2016 presidential election will be sworn in on Friday, January 20, 2017, also known as Inauguration Day.

Until noon on January 20, 2017, President Obama will still serve as president of the United States. The swearing in ceremony will take place at the US Capitol. From the presidency of Andrew Jackson through Jimmy Carter, the Inauguration Day ceremony took place on the Capitol’s East Portico, and since 1981, it has been held at the Capitol’s West Front. While Inauguration Day is a ceremonial event that takes place once every four years, most schools, stores, and organizations operate on their normal schedules. (It is worth noting, however, that Inauguration Day is a federal holiday for many employees who work in DC and the surrounding areas. This year, DC, Louisiana, Maryland, and Virginia will recognize the day as a state holiday.)

The vice-president is typically sworn in first, followed by the new president at exactly 12:00pm noon. After the ceremony, the new president and VP attend a luncheon held by Congress, in which they are the guests of honor.

Prior to the Twentieth Amendment, Inauguration Day took place on March 4, when the Constitution first took effect in 1789. The last president to officially be sworn in on that date was Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 4, 1933. In addition to the public, members of Congress, Supreme Court justices, high-ranking military officers, former presidents, living Medal of Honor recipients, and other dignitaries are invited to attend the inauguration ceremony.

The festivities involve a swearing-in ceremony, organized by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, followed by the luncheon, and then a parade down Pennsylvania Avenue.

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17 comments

  1. Obama was the most usless that i have seen in my life he put alot of people out of work and did nothing to help unless you a worthless piece of crap on welfare and able to work just choose not to he

    • lol you can’t be serious. Obama has done a lot of good things for our country. yes he made some mistakes but unlike some people he is actually a decent human being. He will be missed over the next 4 years more than ever. just you watch then i will say “i told you so” and no, i have never gotten government assistance. Obama has pulled us out of a war that was started by our last Republican President. Just saying. All over oil which by the way is sad. hundreds of thousands of humans died because of it. Obama is the reason many more humans live right now. He is also the reason everyone has a way to contact 911 for emergencies with his obama phone plan and there are many Americans who are actually able to keep their homes and food on the table because of him which means less homeless families. so you can take your dislike of obama and keep it to yourself because it is obvious you are a hateful person. Everyone start to care about each other instead of kicking them when they are down. seriously, humans suck. too many self absorbed jerks because that is how their parents have raised them. yes i just insulted your parents if you take offense to being called a self absorbed jerk because it is the truth. if we all learned to stop diminishing each other in every way humans try to harm each other our whole world could actually start to accomplish what alone we never will.

      • You obviously are ignorant of the ways that socialism is used to take over a population. Better read about how Hitler did it and brought the people to their knees, because they thought he was going to make everything free for everyone. A free enterprise system means you get what you work for and plan for. Everyone can share in it except the ones who want something for nothing.

  2. Mais il a entendu le Prince William pour elle, le public de l’amour, si Kate n’est pas déplacé, c’est faux.Mais déplacé à touché, problèmes entre existe encore.Mais l’amour mais elle aussi incompétent à ignorer le Prince William.

  3. At first it was funny watching the fake pretend liberals cry over Trump winning. But now it is just sad. It’s sad knowing that many people in this country are extremely mentally unstable. How are these people ever going to function in this world? That is sad.

  4. Obama left this country in 20 trillion in debt,gave Iran 150 billion dollars for terrorism.the country never been so divided,he had never held a real job.thank god for trump,he will save the country…

    • Thank our GOD is a grave understatement.I am still so relieved and totally thrilled out of my mind. Leave my country you LLl’s and looney sick Dems and sick liberals!!!

  5. With the assignation threat I’m willing to bet that Trump will sworn in before he even see the public on the 20th. The official ceremony will just be that, a ceremony for the public. Meaning that any assignation of Trump will only put the vice president Mike Pence in office. It also means any disruption will not stop Trump from becoming president, because he already is. There is no mandated place and time other than the day that his required to be sworn in as president. Anyone with a few brains that want to see the country run without much disruption do to a few people acting like over privileged, spoiled rotten, winy 12 years old that did not get their way would make sure Trump was the president before he exposed to the public for is inauguration ceremony.