Wednesday, January 16, 2013

~Work,Hope and Dream 2013~

The work goes on,the cause endures,the hope still lives,and the dream shall never die.~1980
The work begins anew.The hope rises again.And the dream lives on.~ 2008
                                        ~ Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy~

Monday January 21,2013_Americans of all backgrounds will join together to celebrate the inauguration of President Barack H.Obama and Vice President Joseph R.Biden,Jr.Here's a view of the invitation_
Inauguration weekend will begin with a "National Day of Service" on Saturday,January 19,2013.To honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The President,Vice President and their families will participate in service projects in Washington DC,and they will be joined by Americans in communities across the country.Visit the National Day of Service page at to learn about how you can sign up to participate.
The President will use two "Historical Bibles" for the swearing -in ceremony. There is no written constitutional requirement for the use of a Bible during the swearing-in_it's more of a tradition.
The Lincoln Bible will be used again by President Obama as he did in 2009.Prior to that the Lincoln Bible had not be used since 1861 at President Lincoln's(16th President) inauguration.
President Obama with First Lady Michelle Obama holding Lincoln Bible 2009 
The second Bible to be used will be Rev.Dr.Martin Luther King Jr._MLK Bible.It will be on loan from the family.It's in very rigid condition_if this is the one pictured below for use...shows it's frailty. Rev.Dr.King took the Bible with him always.His most famous speech "I have a Dream" speech reflects the words of  prophet Isaiah: "I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low....His official birthday was January 15th_but we celebrate on January 21st_it is fitting to use his Bible for the swearing-in celebration. 
Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the swearing-in at a private ceremony Sunday Jan. 20(Official Inauguration Day which falls on a Sunday), the public inauguration ceremony takes place at the U.S. Capitol on Monday, Jan. 21.  
Vice President Joe Biden will use his Family Bible dated 1893_that has been used for all his swearing-in ceremonies from his days as a Senator from 1973 to 2009 when he became Vice President.It is five(5) inches thick an bears a Celtic Cross Cover.Justice Sotomayor will administer the oath of office to Biden at a private ceremony on Sunday, Jan. 20, and at a public ceremony the following day on the west front of the U.S. Capitol.
Inaugural Trivia


First outdoor ceremony: George Washington, 1789, balcony, Federal Hall, New York City. George Washington is the only U.S. President to have been inaugurated in two different cities, New York City in April 1789, and his second took place in Philadelphia in March 1793.

 First president to take oath on January 20th: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1937, his second inaugural         
Presidents who used two Bibles at their inauguration: Harry Truman, 1949, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1953, George Bush, 1989.

Someone forgot the Bible for FDR's first inauguration in 1933. A policeman offered his.

36 of the 53 U.S. Inaugurations were held on the East Portico of the Capitol. In 1981, Ronald Reagan was the first to hold an inauguration on the West Front.

First Ladies 

First First lady to be called a "First Lady": Lucy Webb Hayes, 1877. [Also the first college educated]
First First Lady to attend an inauguration: Dolley Madison, 1809.
First First Lady to ride with her husband to the ceremony: Helen Taft, 1909.
First First Lady to participate in the swearing-in ceremony: Lady Bird Johnson, 1965, held the family Bible.
First First Lady to go to an inaugural ball alone: Eleanor Roosevelt, 1933.
Wives not present: Martha Washington (George), Abigail Adams (John), Louisa Adams (John Quincy), Anna Harrison (William Henry), and Jane Pierce (Franklin). 


Longest address: William Henry Harrison, 1841, 8,445 words. The new President insisted on delivering his lengthy address without an overcoat or hat. He consequently caught pneumonia and died a month later. (First Lady Abigail Fillmore caught pneumonia and died after attending Franklin Pierce's inauguration in the bitter cold.)

Shortest address: George Washington, 1793, 135 words.

Only president to interrupt his inaugural address: William Henry Harrison, 1841, stopped to take the oath of office in the midst of delivering his address.

Only President to use "affirm" rather than "swear" in the oath: Franklin Pierce, 1853.

Variation in oath: Chief Justice William Howard Taft replaced the phrase "preserve, protect
and defend" with "preserve, maintain and protect" at Herbert Hoover's 1929 inauguration

Oldest president at inauguration: Ronald Reagan, 69 in 1981; second oldest is William Henry Harrison, 68.

Youngest president at inauguration: Theodore Roosevelt was 42 when he was sworn in on September 13, 1901 after the death of William McKinley. At 43, John F. Kennedy was the youngest President to be formally inaugurated on January 20, 1961. Bill Clinton became the third youngest President in history, at age 46 when he was sworn in January 20, 1993.

In 1841, William Henry Harrison had an inauguration that literally killed him. Harrison caught pneumonia after braving the elements with no coat or hat and delivering an especially long (8,445 words) inaugural address, and died exactly one month later.

First president inaugurated in Washington, DC: Thomas Jefferson, 1801.

First time Washington, DC city officials participated in an inauguration: Andrew Jackson, 1833.

First President to ride to his ceremony in a car: Warren Harding, 1921.

First to ride in a bullet-proof car: Lyndon Johnson, 1965.

The carriage built to transport Martin Van Buren to his inauguration on March 4, 1837, was constructed of timber from the dismantled U.S.S. Constitution.

First president to escort a president-elect to the ceremony: James Monroe escorted John Quincy Adams, 1825, rode in separate carriages. Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren, 1837, rode in the same carriage.

All but four presidents attended the swearing in of their successor: John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Andrew Johnson, and Richard Nixon.

First mother to witness her son's inauguration: Eliza Ballou Garfield, 1881.

Only President to be elected and inaugurated four times: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1933-1945.


President Lincoln delivered an eloquent inaugural address (its concluding passage, "With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds...", is carved on the Lincoln Memorial), which commemorated the close of the Civil War. 
Two companies of Black troops and a lodge of Black Odd Fellows participated in the

official inaugural parade. Despite the new spirit of Emancipation, blacks were denied tickets to

the inaugural balls (held on March 6.) On the afternoon of the inauguration, several thousand

people attended the Lincoln's reception at the White House, including former slave and

freedom fighter, Frederick Douglass.I feel honored to have received my invitation.



~"My fellow Americans,ask not what your country can do for you:ask what you can do for your country.My fellow Citizens of the world,ask not what America will do for you,but what,together,we can do for the freedom of man."~John F Kennedy,1961~



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