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Pennwoman  (Level: 152.3 - Posts: 2478)
Mon, 19th Jan '09 3:07 PM


from Yahoo, I clipped out the high points - here is link to article

It's cold, maybe even freezing. Sometimes it snows. So why do we have to have a huge outdoor event to inaugurate a new president on January 20? Our first president, George Washington, was smart enough to get himself inaugurated on a more balmy April 30, 1789. What went wrong?

In short, the Constiution did it. Inaugurations used to be held in March to give electors four months to cast their ballots. But the Twentieth Amendment to the Constitution changed the date to Jan. 20, and Franklin D. Roosevelt's second swearing-in ceremony in 1937 was the first held on the new date. FindLaw says a report from the Senate Committee on the Judiciary offered some reasons for the change:

"[W]hen our Constitution was adopted there was some reason for such a long intervention of time between the election and the actual commencement of work by the new Congress.... Under present conditions [of communication and transportation] the result of elections is known all over the country within a few hours after the polls close, and the Capital City is within a few days' travel of the remotest portions of the country....

"Another effect of the amendment would be to abolish the so-called short session of Congress.... Every other year, under our Constitution, the terms of Members of the House and one-third of the Members of the Senate expire on the 4th day of March.... Experience has shown that this brings about a very undesirable legislative condition."

Even if you're cold and not-so-comfortable, it's always a special moment watching a new leader say these famous words:

"I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

God Bless the USA!

Collioure  (Level: 102.4 - Posts: 9952)
Mon, 19th Jan '09 3:42 PM

I'll leave it to something more studied in history to offer the details. However, five months is too long for transition. Here in France it is just a few days.

Bbear  (Level: 159.3 - Posts: 2301)
Mon, 19th Jan '09 4:27 PM

Canadians do it overnight. Frequently.

Bigbird  (Level: 236.1 - Posts: 3300)
Mon, 19th Jan '09 6:19 PM

That's all silly. The real reason is that it is my anniversary, and every four years they feel like celebrating it.

Pennwoman  (Level: 152.3 - Posts: 2478)
Mon, 19th Jan '09 6:38 PM

Think I can get an editor to change the title to include Bigbirds anniversary?
Happy Anniversay!

Alvandy  (Level: 225.6 - Posts: 7525)
Mon, 19th Jan '09 6:51 PM

Thanks for that history lesson!
Now you know .......................................... the rest of the story!

Paul Harvey...Good Day!

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