Inauguration Day

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As you watch the events leading up to the historic swearing of Barack Obama as president, I’d suggest pointing your web browser to the Library of Congress American Memory digital exhibit, “I Do Solemnly Swear”: Presidential Inaugurations.  In addition to the text of all the inaugural addresses (provided by Avalon Project at the Yale Law School), there are "diaries and letters of presidents and of those who witnessed inaugurations, handwritten drafts of inaugural addresses, broadsides, inaugural tickets and programs, prints, photographs, and sheet music."

 

 

The bible that Lincoln used at his first inaugural; will be used to swear in President Obama. Library of Congress