President Obama’s second inauguration falls on a Sunday, January 20th, so the public ceremony will be held the next day, Monday, the 21st, which coincidentally is Martin Luther King Day. Record breaking crowds are expected at the nation’s capital for the event but presidential oaths were administered with a handful of folks in unusual places.
Teddy Roosevelt was sworn in at a private citizen’s home when news reached him of McKinley’s death. Calvin Coolidge’s father, a colonel and justice of the peace swore his son in by the light of a kerosene lamp. Lyndon Johnson took his oath aboard Air Force One, following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. This is the only time a woman, U.S. District Judge Sarah T. Hughes, has administered the oath.
Looking for some more presidential trivia or activities? Try these online quizzes and games.
Teddy Roosevelt was a reformer who made quite a few enemies as he rose from NYC Police Commissioner to the presidency. But who tried to assassinate the former president? Was it one of the captains of industry? Someone upset by his other reforms or the building of the Panama Canal? How about foreign powers? Or a member of his own family? Try this rle playing game in class or at a presidential themed party.
Hail to the chief (plays like Millionaire)
Abe Lincoln pop ups
Obama rags to riches (plays like Millionaire)
Obama challenge board (plays like Jeopardy)