Moving In on Swearing-In Day
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, January 20, 2017 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
Until noon January 20th, Barack Obama was president of the United States, but at precisely twelve o’clock noon Donald J. Trump took the oath of office and became the 45th president of the United States. The Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies is responsible for planning the inaugural events that showcase the peaceful transfer of power to the newly-elected leaders of the world’s most powerful nation.
Typically, the vice president is sworn in first, followed by the new president at exactly 12:00 noon. After they are sworn in and before a performance of “Hail to the Chief,” the president and vice president are honored with four drum ruffles and flourishes on simple brass bugles with no valves. A drum ruffle is more subdued than a drum roll.
After the swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Capitol, the new president watches the parade down Pennsylvania Avenue from the presidential viewing stand in front of the White House. The president and vice president are guests of honor at a luncheon given by Congress. Later in the day, they parade down Pennsylvania Avenue and walk part of the way from the Capitol to the White House. But, if Inauguration Day falls on a Sunday, the oath is usually administered in a private ceremony January 20th. The public ceremony and celebrations are held the following day. Continue reading