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Inaugurations and the White House

An inauguration is the act or ceremony of bringing someone into a position or an office. Every president of the United States has been inaugurated dating back to the first president, George Washington. The Inauguration demonstrates America’s commitment to democracy and symbolizes a peaceful transfer of power to the nation and the world. While the United States Constitution outlines the Presidential Oath of Office, the various other Inaugural traditions and practices have developed over time. As the president’s residence and office, the White House plays an important role in Inaugurations. Explore the history behind the Inauguration Day ceremony and traditions including the Oath of Office, the Inaugural Address, and the Inaugural Parade.