Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Day

This picture shows Inauguration Day, 1909 . . . 100 years ago. The president pictured is William Howard Taft. It was a cold and snowy day, and Taft rode in an open, horse-drawn carriage. I am not sure who the first president was to ride in a car in the inauguration, but it must have been not long after Taft.

13 comments:

  1. It was Warren G. Harding.

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  2. What an interesting picture. Looks as if there wasn't much of a crowd--certainly it would have been harder for people to travel in those days.

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  3. And now, since the assassination of JFK, no open limousine.

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  4. Well, some things never change much.

    Although the crowd was smaller. (And more formally dressed).

    And there was certainly not as much security.

    If we could go back in time and tell the people who were present at that inauguration that a man who was part african-american would be elected president a century from that day, do you think they would believe it?

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  5. Let's just clarify that Obama is part African and part American. The folks 100 years ago would likely scoff at the idea that anyone other than a white man could be president, and heaven forbid a WOMAN! They didn't even have the right to vote 100 years ago.

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  6. He's also half White...but you Never hear about That...

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  7. In my previous comment, I noted that Obama was in fact PART African-American, i.e., that he is part caucasian as well.

    But, of course, we never DO hear about that, do we.

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  8. But 100 years ago, Inauguration Day wasn't on January 20th. It was on March 4th. The date wasn't changed until during FDR's term.

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  9. A few Inaugural milestones:

    Last Pres. to ride via horsedrawn carriage: Wilson

    Last Pres. to take the oath at the White House: Barack Obama

    Last Pres. to be sworn in with someone other than his wife holding the bible: JFK

    Last Pres. to be sworn in on the East Side of the Capitol: Carter

    Last Pres. to wear formal morning coat Inaugural attire: Ronald Reagan (wish they would bring that tradition back).

    Last Pres. to ride the Inaugural parade route in a convertible: JFK

    Last Pres. to wear top hat: Nixon

    Last Pres. to forego outdoor ceremony: Reagan (it was his second oath and it was 5 degress at noon--the brass instruments would not play).

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  10. I think a great part of African-Americans are part Caucasion.

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  11. The size of this ceremony and crowd makes more sense than the mindless carnival we just witnessed.

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  12. The size of this ceremony and crowd makes more sense than the mindless carnival we just saw at the recent Coronation.

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  13. I find it difficult to believe that anyone would be upset at a free assembly; for no matter whom the President is. Isn't free assembly, etc. etc. what our gallant men/women are fighting for?

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