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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'll be 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 Inaurguration Day plans in the comment section below.

Riley Willerson January 22, 2013 at 12:19 AM
Vito Hispanics forgive you for your ignorance, better stop going to Randy's, you may be considered hispanic and that would just be horrible..... You make your race look very dumb, just plain dumb. Are you upset that they took that job you were trying to get, picking produce?, Oh I forgot, that type of work is not for the weak, never mind Vito,
Frank Geefay January 22, 2013 at 01:31 AM
During President Obama's watch these past 4 years the economy has recovered from the worst recession since the great depression when economist were predicting another depression to almost where it left off in 2007 and we have withdrawn most of our troupes from Iraq. Unemployment is back to single digits and jobs are picking us slowly. But the national debt has increased significantly due to bailouts, etc. Things could have very easily been very different. We could have quickly slid into a deep depression rivaling the great depression as economists feared, the war in Iraq could have escalated resulting in many more troupes being diploid and a draft being implemented, and unemployment could have been high double digits. But the debt would not have gotten much worst. Which of these two scenarios do you think the voters of American would like most?
Vito Spago January 22, 2013 at 01:45 AM
Frank: Economy has not recovered. Bernanke has been printing $$ like crazy trying to get it to recover. He is not having much success. That will become more obvious starting about now and as 2013 progresses. It was actually a benefit to the Republicans that Obama was reelected so he can preside over the the continuation of the Recession. Stock market has been propped up for the last 5 years and media has been feeding the country lies in support of Obama. Housing has been propped up by Wall Street. Look for 20 years of deflation in the US like we have seen in Japan. You haven't seen anything yet......
Kerry Jacobs January 22, 2013 at 04:28 AM
Were one day closer to the collapse. Its that simple.
Wild Bill Hickock in Long Trousers January 22, 2013 at 06:09 AM
Heeee haa, gitti-up horsie
Gregory Brittain January 22, 2013 at 06:09 AM
The TARP money has been almost entirely repaid. The tax payers are out tens of billions on GM and Chrysler. That is not the cause of the $6 trillion in debt added under Obama.
Gregory Brittain January 22, 2013 at 06:12 AM
The recession ended in June 2009. Obama had nothing to do with that. However, his policies produced the slowest recovery since the Great Depression by a wide margin. The figures are above.
Gregory Brittain January 22, 2013 at 06:14 AM
Moreover, the reason the official government unemployment rate declined is because of reduced labor force participation. If the labor force participation rate was the same was when Obama took office, the official government unemployment rate would be 10.7%.
Gregory Brittain January 22, 2013 at 06:16 AM
Thanks to the military and Bush's political courage to back the surge when almost everyone in Washington wanted retreat and lose, the Iraq war was won and winding down when Obama took office. Obama is now throwing away our victory and gains there.
Gregory Brittain January 22, 2013 at 06:18 AM
Do you want the policies that produced 18.5% growth under Reagan or the policies that produced 6.7% growth under Obama and produced unsustainable debt and deficits?
Gregory Brittain January 22, 2013 at 06:25 AM
The Dems raised taxes early in the Clinton administration. In his second term Clinton signed balanced budgets and tax cuts, most notably the capital gains tax, passed by the Rep Congress which contributed to the Internet boom of the late 90s. Under Clinton Federal spending was ~18% of GDP. Under Obama its 22-24%. Lower tax rates increase the reward for work, savings and investment. Higher tax rates reduce the incentive for work, savings and investment. While tax rates varied widely in the 20th century, tax revenue was remarkably constant between 15% and 20% of GDP. If your goal is more money for government, lower the tax rates and get 15-20% of a larger pie. In addition, economic growth is the best anti poverty program ever devised.
Gregory Brittain January 22, 2013 at 06:31 AM
47% includes earned entitlements such as SS and Medicare. ~30% are on some kind of welfare program. The welfare programs collectively cost > $1 trillion per year. Government welfare benefits including food stamps and Medicaid, if paid in cash would equal $30.60/hour for every household in poverty, (40 hours/week). The median income is $25.03/hour and that is taxed. Welfare benefits are not taxed. http://www.theblaze.com/stories/the-welfare-spending-chart-you-wont-want-to-see/ Free stuff is not the only reason Obama won, but it's a major reason exemplified by the Obamaphone lady.
Gregory Brittain January 22, 2013 at 06:37 AM
TARP was started by President Bush and approved by both parties in Congress. What would have happened without TARP I think will be debated by economists and historians for years and decades to come. I believe that without TARP things would have been worse in the short run and better in the long run teaching the lesson that big or small you bear the risks of bad business decisions. The closest analogy is the crash of October 1929. There was no TARP or government bailouts. By December 1929, unemployment was in the 9% range, but by June of 1930, the economy was improving and unemployment was in the 6% range. Then the government decided it was going to help. By the end of 1930, unemployment was over 10% and would not get under 10% until WWII. Through the 1800s there were crashes called "panics" and economic downturns, but there was never a great depression until 1930s when the government decided to help the economy.
Mark Burns January 22, 2013 at 06:56 AM
Frank, during Obama's watch, 8 million fewer people are working today than when he was elected 4 years ago. I guess it is OK to have 99 month unemployment benefits and 47 million on food stamps because we are in 'recovery.' If you truly care about the President and believe in his policies, it is your duty to share your garage and backyard to house the less fortunate that have been created the past 4 years. In fact, it might be time to take the rentals offline and give them to those folks who don't have nearly as much as you do. Are you ready to commit to your beliefs? PS The word is 'deployed.'
Roberto January 22, 2013 at 07:30 PM
Wow, interesting comments. Gregory is a real trip. He writes a comment and then answers it. Whoa, way too much time on his hands. He must be home with the flu. Kenny's comment was short but made the most sense. I'll have to go with Vito's logic. He's got the situation nailed. Me? I was outside all day, walked the dog, washed my car, raked some leaves, took a walk around Sac old town. Obama? if If given enough time, he'll bring America to her knees. He's working on it.
Vito Spago January 22, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Beyo lip sync'd the national anthem. Another phony lib to belong to the Obama team. http://www.dailynews.com/breakingnews/ci_22424199/hicks-beyonce-lip-synched-national-anthem
Francie January 24, 2013 at 12:49 AM
Negroes means Blacks in Spanish.
Francie January 24, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Vito: Get a life. Don't you have any hobbies? Whatever you say on the Patch won't change a thing. Get over it!!
Frank Geefay January 24, 2013 at 07:02 AM
If Obama's success and America's success are mutually exclusive then why are people blaming Americas failures on Obama?
Frank Geefay January 24, 2013 at 07:32 AM
Look at the Dow Jones market. It is now around 13,500. It peaked around 14,100 before the crash. At its low 4 years ago it was around 6,600. I would say it has just about recovered. I stated that the debt increased significantly due to bailouts which include the auto industry. The recovery is not the slowest since the Great Depression. The Great Depression started around 1929 and continued through WWII and contributed much to the start of the war. This is more than 10 years, a far cry from 4 years and no world war has started because of the last crash that was not caused by Obama. Unemployment is still high but much lower than when Obama first came to office. High unemployment did not start on Obama's watch. I only said that unemployment is now single digit. I made no claims that it has recovered. Thing could have been far worse than they are.
Vito Spago January 24, 2013 at 09:36 AM
Francie: Oh yes it will, because I have the same feelings as 49% of the US. And I never saw such a phony fiasco as I did over the inaugural weekend, beginning with the fauning press, and the narcistic hollywood airheads such as Beyo. This was finished off by the wonderful performance of Hillary Clinton on the Benghazi coverup in which no terrorists are in jail and in which these same terrorists were able to kill 38 hostages at an oil refinery in Algeria. Of course, the director of that film that caused all the Benghazi strife is safely in jail. Justice served. What a bad joke.
Francie January 24, 2013 at 06:22 PM
Vito: Yes, those are your views, but I don't believe your 49% have the exact feelings as you or; President Obama would have lost the presidency. The American people have trust and believe in our President and that is why the American people have voted to Keep President Obama in office.
Roberto January 24, 2013 at 09:33 PM
Francie, there's a great bumper sticker out there that has an entirely different view OBAMA - 'WHY STUPID PEOPLE SHOULDN'T VOTE.' It smacks of truth.
Francie January 24, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Roberto - Person with the bumper sticker sounds like an angry negative hot head. Like I said to Vito, the American people have chosen President Obama to stay in office. Sorry you feel the same as Vito. Enough said!!
Frank Geefay January 27, 2013 at 01:22 AM
OBAMA - "WHY STUPID PEOPLE DIDN'T VOTE" smacks with even more truth :)
Vito Spago January 27, 2013 at 03:13 AM
Fancie: Obama won the second term for the same reason that Bush won the second term. He is a known entity and people do not want to take chances. Look at the following article on Obama appointments when Congress is not in session. For a Constitutional Law professor, Obama sure is stupid. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-labor-appointments-20130126,0,1195880.story
Francie January 28, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Vito: I checked out the link you sent me. Did you not read the following: President Reagan made 243 recess appointments during his time in the White House, President Clinton made 140, and President George W. Bush, 171, according to Senate historian Donald Ritchie. Obama made 32 such appointments in his first term. President Obama made less appointments than Presidents Reagan, Clinton and Bush, Jr.
Andrew Peceimer January 29, 2013 at 01:55 AM
So Francie, Do you feel better now that your God like King Obama broke the law fewer times. I thought Obama was a constitional scholar who was not above the law? Oh my...did your celestial immortal President let us all down?
Mark Burns January 29, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Apparently, the latest ones made by the President were overturned by a Federal Appeals Court. Frankie, do you have the list of those made by Bush and Reagan that were struck down for being unconstitutional? I thought the President was an expert on the Constitution. Maybe he just thought he could get away with it.
Francie January 29, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Andrew: Why are you so facetious? No President has ever been perfect. Vito gave the assumption that President Obama was the ONLY President that has made recess appointments. Looks like the GOP is guilty of that as well. That's all.

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