Obama to be inaugurated a day late

Obama to be inaugurated a day late

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Barack Obama is sworn in as 44th US president by Chief Justice John Roberts beside wife Michelle on January 20, 2009 at the Capitol in Washington, DC. Obama took the oath on the same Bible used to swear in President Abraham Lincoln, after the presidential inaugural committee said the Lincoln Bible would be borrowed from the collections at the Library of Congress.

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by Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on November 28, 2012 at 8:03 AM

WASHINGTON  -- President Barack Obama is adding an asterisk to his name in the history books.

His inauguration will be only the seventh time that the constitutionally mandated date for a president's swearing-in -- Jan. 20 -- has fallen on a Sunday. So, following tradition, the inauguration will be on Monday, Jan. 21.

The adjustment puts Obama in league with President Ronald Reagan, whose second inauguration in 1985 also was changed from Sunday to Monday.

When the Constitution required a March 4 swearing-in, the first president to move his inauguration to Monday was James Monroe on March 5, 1821. After the 20th Amendment changed the inauguration to Jan. 20, Dwight Eisenhower and Reagan held private swearings-in on Sundays that fell on Jan. 20 and then held public ceremonies the following day.

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