Political Practices of the Past Take Center Stage

The 2009 Presidential Inauguration, according to many analysts and media outlets, is going to be one for the records.

As Washington D.C. prepares for record-breaking crowds expected to attend and observe  inauguration activities, as well as related events celebrating the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15) and the start of a multi-month celebration in honor of Lincoln’s Bicentennial, there’s no doubt that the country’s political past, present and future will be sharing center stage.

While a lot has changed since the first inauguration of George Washington in 1789, many of the traditions included in today’s presidential inauguration are the same as they have been for the last century.

• Washington D.C. became the site of the presidential inauguration in 1801, with the inauguration of Thomas Jefferson

• Inauguration Day has been held on January 20 since 1937 when Franklin D. Roosevelt began his second term

• The Inaugural Parade became a tradition in 1805

• Since 1937 the vice president-elect has taken the oath of office during the same ceremony as the president, and takes the oath of office prior to the president elect

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