To my fellow Foggy Bottom residents I say chin up, it’ll all be worth it. We will truly be the center world this coming Monday, January 21st as all eyes turn to Washington DC.
As we all know the Presidential Inauguration occurs every four years and invites a spectacular amount of fanfare. The new president gets his own day of feasting, procession, statesmanship, and celebration. The United States marks its transition of government with a day of events that have developed over time to become our modern-day inauguration.
Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009. The theme for his inauguration then was “A New Birth of Freedom,” which honored the bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The theme of the 2013 Inauguration is “Faith in America’s Future”, which recalls the installation of the Statue of Freedom on the Capitol Dome 150 years ago in 1863.
After the conclusion of the Inaugural Ceremonies and the luncheon, the President and Vice President will make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, leading a procession of ceremonial military regiments, citizens’ groups, marching bands and floats. The President, Vice President, their spouses and special guests will then review the parade as it passes in front of the Presidential Reviewing Stand.
The Inaugural parade is a celebrated and much anticipated televised event for millions of Americans across the country. The parade was first televised in 1949, at the Inauguration of Harry S. Truman. Jimmy Carter broke precedent in 1977 by walking in the parade, from the Capitol to the White House, with his wife Rosalynn and their daughter Amy.
The parade is organized by the Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, and participants are selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee.