“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
On Friday, January 20, 2017, the President-elect Donald J. Trump will take the oath office to become the 45th President of the United States of America. The Presidential Inauguration represents a peaceful transfer of power from the preceding President to the incoming President-elect.
The first Presidential Inauguration took place in on March 4, 1793 with George Washington as President-elect and John Adams serving as Vice President-elect. Of all the Presidential Inaugural addresses given, George Washington holds the record for the shortest address.
Here is the transcript of President Washington’s Inaugural address:
I am again called upon by the voice of my country to execute the functions of its Chief Magistrate. When the occasion proper for it shall arrive, I shall endeavor to express the high sense I entertain of this distinguished honor, and of the confidence which has been reposed in me by the people of united America.
Previous to the execution of any official act of the President the Constitution requires an oath of office. This oath I am now about to take, and in your presence: That if it shall be found during my administration of the Government I have in any instance violated willingly or knowingly the injunctions thereof, I may (besides incurring constitutional punishment) be subject to the upbraidings of all who are now witnesses of the present solemn ceremony.
By tradition, the Presidential Inauguration follows an order of nine events to commemorate the occasion: Morning Worship Service, Procession to the Capitol, Vice President’s Swearing in Ceremony, President’s Swearing in Ceremony, Inaugural Address, Departure of Outgoing President, Inaugural Luncheon, Inaugural Parade and Inaugural Ball.
To learn more about the Presidential Inauguration, please visit https://www.usa.gov/inauguration-2017