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Inauguration Day 2017: When Does the New President Get Sworn In?

Inauguration Day 2017: When Does President Get Sworn In

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After Election Day 2016, President Barack Obama will still be President of the United States for two more months until Inauguration Day on January 20th, 2017. The inauguration will take place outside The White House Capitol Building, on the building’s western front, and the 45th POTUS will be sworn in around noon.

Earlier in United States history, Inauguration Day was on March 4th, but the 20th Amendment changed that to today’s date: January 20th. The Amendment reads that “The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January.” The reason for making the changeover from Incumbent President to President-Elect quicker was to help expedite moving a “lame duck” President out of office sooner.

Inauguration Day Viewing Details

Date: January 20th, 2017
Time: 12:00 PM EST
Location: Capitol Building | Washington, District of Colombia

What Happens On Inauguration Day?

The only thing that’s required by law to occur at Inauguration Day is for the President of the United States to make the following oath:

“I do solemnly swear 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.”

Other than that, everything else that happens is just pomp and circumstance. Speeches are made. Parades are held. And in the city of Washington DC, it’s a federal holiday so no one has work.


What Happens Between Election Day and Inauguration Day?

The period between Election Day and Inauguration Day will be very busy for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. During that two month period, the President-Elect’s administration will have to fill about 4,000 positions–nearly 1000 of which will need Senate confirmation. The President Elect will also have to come up with an agenda for their first 100 days in office.

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