U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) won his bid to become President of the United States of America on November 4, 2008. He will be sworn into office on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. Barack Obama will become the 44th President of the United States and the first African-American to hold this high office. But why do we wait 77 days before Barack Obama takes the helm?
Because of the electoral college process…
George Washington was inaugurated on April 30, 1789. Back then, a few months were allowed to give electors from each state time to cast their ballots. The inauguration date was changed to Jan. 20 in 1937, when Franklin Roosevelt was sworn in for his second term.
Overview of the Inauguration
The presidential inauguration is the official day that the President of the United States is sworn into office. The purpose of this inauguration is to honor the incoming president with formal ceremonies, including: a Presidential Swearing-in Ceremony, an Inaugural Address, and an Inaugural Parade.
The inauguration will take place on January 20, 2009 in Washington D.C. on the steps of the United States Capitol. President-elect Barack Obama will take the oath of office, which states the following:
“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.”
Vice President-elect Joe Biden will have already taken a similar oath.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee is in charge of planning and executing the inauguration of our 44th president, Barack Obama. To find more information please visit their website. The Presidential Inaugural Committee is a separate committee from the Obama-Biden Transition Project. (source: http://www.change.gov)
Source: The Obama-Biden Transition Project http://change.gov/about/photo/