Courtesy of the Associated Press
By Marquice Phillips
Initially only being a swearing in ceremony, it has evolved into a day long event that now includes balls, parades and other celebrations.
As the 57th Presidential Inauguration comes to pass, it’s hard to imagine that traditions over 300 years ago are still persistent to this day. The only custom that the U.S constitution actually mandates is the President’s oath into office.
Since Chief Justice Oliver Ellsworth swore in John Adams, no other chief justice has missed an inauguration. Simple traditions such as these have withstood the test of time and show the immense respect that each president has when taking office. Even though many traditions have survived the years, the event has still managed to change dramatically over time.
The second term of President Barack Obama was celebrated on January 21. Since the early 1900’s the inauguration ceremonies have been overseen by the Congressional Committee. They oversee all events for that day so that everything goes as smoothly as possible.
The Inauguration ball that the president attends is given top priority when planning the days events. Senators and Congressmen are all given a limited number of tickets that they are allowed to give out at their discretion. A common misconception is that such tickets can be bought, however anyone claiming to sell these tickets are frauds.
Like any other event the President attends, his safety and the safety of his family is extremely important. The inauguration day is no different. The security that day consists of not only the Secret Service, but other Federal law enforcement agencies as well as immigration and customs enforcement. The safety of all government officials is always a major concern. All of these different facets have changed the face of the Presidential Inauguration which took place only 300 years ago
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