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Presidential Inauguration Fun Facts

Do you think Secret Service would be cool with someone lassoing President Obama? It happened to one president on his Inauguration Day.

On Monday, Jan. 21, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the nation's 45th president (*OK, technically he was sworn in Sunday, Jan. 20—see note below). Although there is much protocol and tradition that goes along with presidential inaugurations, history shows there's a bit of wiggle room when it comes to things such as fashion and parade behavior.

For instance, did you know ...

  •  John F. Kennedy was the last president to attend his inauguration ceremony in a stovepipe hat.
  • More on hats: As a U.S. Representative, Abraham Lincoln attended the inauguration of President Zachary Taylor—where he lost his hat in the crowd and never recovered it.
  • John Quincy Adams was the first president to wear long trousers to his inauguration ceremony (breaking a tradition of colonial breeches).
  • President Adams also famously refused to attend the swearing-in of his successor—Andrew Jackson—after an epically brutal campaign.
  • During his Inaugural Parade, President Eisenhower was lassoed by a cowboy.

Trivia courtesy of the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2013

What twists to the 57th Presidential Inauguration might we see Monday? A Gangnam Style flash mob on the steps of the Capitol? FLOTUS (First Lady of the United States) sporting a Presidential seal tattoo on those legendary arms?

*[A note about the actual swearing in date: Historically, Inaugural Ceremonies are not held on a Sunday because Courts and other public institutions are not open. This year, in accordance with the requirements of the United States Constitution, President Obama and Vice President Biden will officially be sworn-in on Sunday, January 20, 2013.]

Tell us about your Inauguration Day plans in the Comment section below.

tony masi January 22, 2013 at 05:54 AM
Not to cast stones, but that's some pretty unimpressive inauguration trivia. I like the typo at the end, however. For a brief second, I thought you were interested in our Regurgitation Day plans.
tony masi January 22, 2013 at 06:05 AM
Wow! That was a fast fix! That probably makes only the two of us that got my joke.
tony masi January 22, 2013 at 06:21 AM
P.S. And considering all the in-the-closet, pillowcase nutjobs out there, I think it's baitingly provocative to put rope and Obama together in the same sentence.
tony masi January 22, 2013 at 05:02 PM
This is a personal record for me for the length of time my comments are pending approval. Did I rub someone the wrong way? Are my comments from last night overly offensive or controversial? Do these comments really need almost 11 hours of evaluation before they are given the green light? Or is it just a Patch glitch?
Jim Welte January 22, 2013 at 05:09 PM
Tony: Nothing offensive. Our comments have been the target of spam in recent days, so we've been approving everything manually. We just received notification of your recent comments on this thread this morning, so if you posted them 11 hours ago, there may be a glitch in the notification for editors. We'll look into it. Thanks.

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