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Trivia

by James Denison / January 21, 2013 / 10:23 AM UTC

how many times has obama taken the oath of office for Presidency?

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Don't know the answer but some think
by Steven Haninger / January 21, 2013 / 10:51 AM UTC
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too many. Devil

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you win!
by James Denison / January 21, 2013 / 6:50 PM UTC

best answer I've heard. Wink

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4 times I believe
by itsdigger / January 21, 2013 / 10:53 AM UTC
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twice when he first was first sworn in because the first time there was some mistakes in when the oath was read and twice this time , one private and one public

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(NT) Even one was too many
by TONI H / January 21, 2013 / 11:00 AM UTC
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twice this time because a law without foresight
by Roger NC / January 21, 2013 / 2:47 PM UTC
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specified a date he had to take the oath, rather than a reference like third Monday, or third Tueseday etc, in Jan.

And they have to have a public ceremony to please the crowds.

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And his ego just wouldn't allow
by TONI H / January 21, 2013 / 3:46 PM UTC

him to have his party and parade on the legal date of oath or a couple of days later......not with MLK day the next day and 'never let a good crisis go to waste' (or in this case a good opportunity to milk it for all it's worth and take over the holiday)

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(NT) come on, any politician would have done the same
by Roger NC / January 21, 2013 / 3:51 PM UTC
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It's become fairly standard
by James Denison / January 21, 2013 / 7:00 PM UTC

to do it on the Monday following any sunday that Jan 20 happens on. Same with Reagan in Jan 1985. Both did privately on a Sunday, then publicly on a Monday. Another history trivia is March 4 used to be the correct date. I can only wonder at who and why made it happen in the middle of winter.

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That is why it was so late after the election
by Diana Forum moderator / January 22, 2013 / 3:37 AM UTC

Travel was more difficult back then.

Diana

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makes sense
by James Denison / January 22, 2013 / 7:12 AM UTC

More difficult to travel in cold weather too, but that also makes it harder on people attending an inauguration. I thought maybe they changed from March to get away from the winds that come through during that month.

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Heard that might be why elections are on Tuesdays
by Steven Haninger / January 22, 2013 / 10:45 AM UTC

Travel by horseback/carriage to the polling place could take a full day. Monday was for travel and Tuesday to vote and return. Makes sense enough to be believable.

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Cmon, Toni, the president is required to take the oath on
by Ziks511 / January 22, 2013 / 9:14 AM UTC

Jan. 20, and Roger explained why. And obviously your pal Ronnie Raygun never made a mistake, and he took it twice in one year as well, and for the same reason, that the 20th fell on a weekend.

The change from March to January relates to the change in the speed of travel as everybody is aware I`m sure. Why they don`t do it the first Monday after the election, I have no idea, except when a new President is elected and needs time to prepare. Always assuming they haven`t figured everything out in advance. Naming a cabinet and getting everyone to agree to serve is the problem I guess.

Why not move elections to September with inauguration in early November? That would mean that the President would start serving in the year he was elected, and kind of reduce the lame-duck impact.

Up here it`s done within a couple of weeks to a month, and always has been. Same in Britain France, Germany and all those other countries you look down on.

Rob

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Did you listen to his
by TONI H / January 22, 2013 / 11:04 AM UTC

inaugural speech? The almost first words were again "I won"........tell me his ego isn't bigger than life. He started his first term the same way when he had McCain confront him during the first meeting.

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(NT) I would have said...Romney lost.
by JP Bill / January 22, 2013 / 11:08 AM UTC
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He should have said...
by James Denison / January 22, 2013 / 4:40 PM UTC
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...I wish I was Ronald Reagan. Wink

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(NT) Reagan would be elected today
by Diana Forum moderator / January 28, 2013 / 2:25 PM UTC
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I think you're right but only if
by Steven Haninger / January 28, 2013 / 2:49 PM UTC

the majority of the same voters who elected him were still alive.

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(NT) yes
by James Denison / January 21, 2013 / 6:51 PM UTC
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