Traditionally, the group that sits on the platform includes the president and vice-president and their families; the president-elect and the vice-president-elect and their families; the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court; former presidents; the diplomatic corps; cabinet members and candidates; members of Congress; governors; the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and other guests, according to the joint committee.
In 2017, when Mr. Trump was sworn in, his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, were present, as were Mr. Trump’s predecessor, former President Barack Obama, and his wife, Michelle Obama, and former presidents George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter. President George HW Bush was unable to attend due to poor health; he died in 2018.
How long is the inaugural speech?
Every president since George Washington has delivered the inaugural address, which ranges from 8,445 words to 135 words, according to the committee. During his inaugural address on January 20, 2017, Mr. Trump spoke for 16 minutes in front of hundreds of thousands of followers and spectators. In his speech, he vowed to break the established order and reverse a national decline he called “this American carnage”.
The next day, Mr Trump challenged independent attendance estimates, saying up to 1.5 million people were in attendance, a claim refuted by photographs. Visual estimates of the crowd size put them at one-third the size of Mr. Obama’s first inauguration in 2009.
Did the event always take place in January?
No. The ratification of the 20th Amendment in 1933 set January 20 as the date. Previously, inaugurations traditionally took place on March 4. Throughout history, the ceremony has taken place on other dates and in 10 different locations.
Washington, the country’s first president, was sworn in on April 30, 1789 at Federal Hall in New York.
Andrew Jackson’s first inauguration, March 4, 1829, was the first ceremony to take place on the East Portico of the Capitol. The crowds of attendees were so excited that they rushed over to the new president, who then retreated to the Capitol and rode on horseback to the White House.