Did You Know: The Presidential Inauguration

With the second term of President Obama wrapping up here pretty soon and the inauguration of a new president, I thought it would be interesting to find some information out about the big event. On top of that, I found out recently that I will be going to see the 45th president sworn into office. Here are some things you might not know about the presidential inauguration.

-George Washington had the shortest inaugural speech at 135 words.

-All but six presidents were sworn into office in Washington D.C. George Washington, John Adams, Chester Alan Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, and Lyndon B. Johnson were the six.

-The oath that the next president takes is taken with a hand upon the Bible and is opened to the passage of the president’s choice.

-The outgoing president leaves the Capitol immediately after the inaugural ceremony.

-For each inauguration, the platform the POTUS and about 1,600 other people stand on is built from scratch.

-The vice president and president are usually sworn into office by the Chief Justice.

-President Obama was the first African-American and Hawaiian-born citizen to be sworn into office.

did you know: the presidential inauguration

So whether or not this information is new, now you know a few facts about the presidential inauguration. Have a wonderful week!

Happy Birthday America- Freedom Quotes

I know that it isn’t the 4th of July yet, but it is tomorrow so I might as well get something out about it! July 4, 1776 Americans declared their independence from Great Britain. Since that day, our wonderful country has developed and evolved to become the strong, amazing, and beautiful country it is. Here are some quotes to commemorate our nation’s birth and our independence.

F- “Freedom has its life in the hearts, the actions, the spirit of men and so it must be daily earned and refreshed – else like a flower cut from its life-giving roots, it will wither and die.” -Dwight Eisenhower

R- Robert J. McCracken said, “We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.”

E- Elbert Hubbard once said, “Freedom cannot be bestowed – it must be achieved.”

E- Edward Abbey: “Freedom begins between the ears.”

D- Dwight Eisenhower said, “To be true to one’s own freedom is, in essence, to honor and respect the freedom of all others.”

O- “Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation and freedom in all just pursuits.” – Thomas Jefferson

M- “Man is free at the moment he wishes to free.” -Voltaire

I hope that you all have a wonderful, safe rest of your weekend and a great 4th of July tomorrow. 🙂