President’s Swearing-In Ceremony
"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."
—Presidential oath of office, Article II, Section 1, United States Constitution
Proceedings associated with the Presidential elections and Inaugurations, almost routine after two centuries, were entirely new and untried following the Constitutional Convention of 1787. The Constitution provides that the President be elected through an electoral college, with membership equal to the number of Senators and Representatives from each state. It authorizes Congress to determine when elections are held, when the Electoral College meets, and when the new President takes the oath of office. The Constitution also requires that the President must be a native-born citizen of the United States, have lived in this country for at least fourteen years and have attained the age of thirty-five. It even specifies the oath of office that the new President should swear or affirm. Beyond that, the Constitution says nothing about the Inaugural ceremony.
The first Inauguration of George Washington occurred on April 30, 1789, in front of New York's Federal Hall. Our nation's first President took the oath of office on a balcony overlooking Wall Street. With the ceremony complete, the crowd below let out three big cheers and President Washington returned to the Senate chamber to deliver his brief Inaugural address. He called upon "That Almighty Being who rules over the universe" to assist the American people in finding "liberties and happiness" under "a government instituted by themselves."
Four years later, on March 4, 1793, Washington's second Inauguration happened in Philadelphia, where the government had taken up temporary residence while a permanent capital was being built along the Potomac. The President took his oath in the small Senate chamber on the second floor of Congress Hall, a Georgian-style structure just west of Independence Hall. In contrast to his elaborate first Inauguration, this ceremony was a simple affair. Amidst a room crammed with dignitaries, Washington gave the shortest Inaugural address on record—just 135 words—and repeated the oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Justice William Cushing.
...ONE THING IS TRADITION, another thing is a Constitutional Article...!
...For the Bible to be a Constitutional Letter component, makes USA'S legal basis quite "bogus"...!
THE LOGIC OF THE BIBLE IS CRAPPY AND DANGEROUS LEGALLY...! WHILST THE BIBLE IS SWORN ON BECAUSE OF BEING IN THE CONSTITUTION, most LAWS of USA are at jeopardy, as to the LETTER of the LAW...!
IT HAS TO BE AMERICAN LAWYERS AND JUDGES, DO NOT REALLY KNOW HOW TO READ OR WRITE...!
IMAGINE IT GOES AGAINST "GAY RIGHTS" FOR ONE THING...! ETC...!
THE FUNNIEST ABSURD LOGIC IS TO MENTION:
5 "PRUDENT" 'VIRGINS' AND 5 "STUPID" 'VIRGINS, ALL WAITING IN ONE PLACE FOR A BRIDEGROOM(S)...?
What place was this at so late at night? A WHORE HOUSE OF COURSE!
NO APPLICATION INTERPRETATION IS VALID! This is a obscene UN_HOLY WRIT made HOLY from un_holy stories or even relationship with the true thing: "prostitution" and homo-sexuality!
THE BIBLE RIDICULES THEM AND THEIR LOGIC, in utter ignorance...!
THEY ARE FALLING INTO THE JUDICIAL ISSUE OF THAT FOR THINGS SO GRAVE, it is not exact what is written! And sometimes also was it exactly written is essentially wrong also...!
I cannot respect NON-SENSE...! THEY DO NOT RESPECT ME!