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The Inauguration

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Match the questions to the correct answers.



D

 

The Inaugural Address On what day of the year is Inauguration Day?

C

 

20th A president whose successor has been elected is a _____ president.

A

 

January 20 Which Amendment set Inauguration Day as January 20?

B

 

lame duck Which event on Inauguration Day is not described in the Constitution?
Match the president and the phrase from his inaugural address.



C

 

Thomas Jefferson "Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country."

D

 

Abraham Lincoln "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."

B

 

Franklin Roosevelt "Every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle."

A

 

John F. Kennedy "With malice toward none, with charity for all..."
Why did supporters of the 20th Amendment wish to shorten the "lame duck" period?
Supporters believed the new president and the new Congress should begin their terms of office earlier because "lame duck" politicians don't usually get much government work done and the newly elected leaders are eager to start governing. They also wanted to reduce the amount of time that a lame duck president could make appointments or sign laws that would go against the wishes of the new president.

RESOURCE: http://www.c-span.org/questions/week165.asp

Find out why Inauguration Day was originally set for four months after Election Day. What changes in our society allowed it to be moved to an earlier date?
At the end of the eighteenth century, tabulating votes took much longer and transportation was still slow and unreliable -- especially in the winter months. Therefore, Inauguration Day was set for March to ensure enough time for the votes to be counted and for all members of the government to reach the Capitol from their home states. By the 1930s, the widespread use of trains and automobiles had greatly reduced the time it took to travel across the country.
RESOURCE: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/inauguration/history.html

RESOURCE: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/mar04.html
Presidents usually take the oath of office on the steps of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. There have been some exceptions, though. Where did Lyndon B. Johnson take the oath of office?
In an airplane traveling from Dallas to Washington, D.C., Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as president of the United States following the death of President John F. Kennedy.

RESOURCE: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/pihtml/pi052.html

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Originally, Inauguration Day was held on March 4, giving the next administration enough time to get up and running. But in 1933, with the country facing a huge economic crisis, the four months in between Election Day and Inauguration Day seemed too long. The 20th Amendment was ratified on January 23, 1933, fixing Inauguration Day as January 20.

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