“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
In 2009, Justice Roberts slightly flubbed the oath by placing ‘faithfully’ after United States. As per Justice Roberts, “It was with an abundance of caution that it was administered” once again on January 22.
George Washington’s first Inauguration on April 30, 1789 took place in NYC at Federal Hall on Wall Street.
George Washington gave the shortest Inauguration address in history. At 135 words his second Inauguration speech is still the shortest ever. The longest address was given by President Harrison: 8,445 words. Harrison would die 32 days later. The shortest Presidency in history.
Next January 2017 is a great opportunity to attend one of the most important American historical events in person. You can start planning your middle and high school class trips to Washington DC right now!