UNITED STATES "PRESIDENTIAL OATH" ACTIVITY & PRESIDENT LINCOLN
Bible used by Abraham Lincoln in His Inaugural Oath
of office of the
President of the United States is an
affirmation required by the
United States Constitution before the
President begins the execution of the office. The
wording is specified in
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall
take the following Oath or Affirmation:— “I do solemnly
swear (or affirm) 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.”
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PRESIDENTIAL OATHS GIVEN:
ERROR AND NEEDED RE-TAKE NEXT DAY
In 2009, Chief Justice
John G. Roberts,
while administering the oath to
incorrectly recited part of the oath. Roberts prompted, "That I will
execute the Office of President to the United States
faithfully." Obama stopped at "execute," and waited for Roberts
to correct himself. Roberts, after a false start, then followed
Obama's "execute" with "faithfully", which results in "execute
faithfully," which is also incorrect. Obama then repeated Roberts'
initial, incorrect prompt, with the word "faithfully" after "United
States." The oath was re-administered the next day by Roberts
at the White House.
A LIST OF
ALL INAUGURATIONS AND OATHS OF OFFICE FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS
OATH OF OFFICE
A Modern inaugural event. Can
you guess which President?
Lincoln by the Honorable Salmon P. Chase,
Chief Justice of the United States.
The Bible Used:
The origin of Lincoln's second Inaugural
Bible is unknown, but it was open to Matthew 7:1; 18:7; and
East Portico, U.S. Capitol Washington, DC
African Americans participated in the Inaugural parade for the first
Rain for two days and right up to the ceremony, when it ended and
the sun broke through. Total rainfall for the day was .30 inches,
with the bulk of it falling near daybreak. Grounds around the
Capitol were very soft and muddy. Estimated noon temperature of
WHY THE OATH OF OFFICE?
The Oath of
Office Signals the Transfer of Power
"Most inauguration days continue to be festive events celebrated by
traditional ceremonies, parades, and balls, but it is the oath of
office that reigns as the highlight. The oath is in fact the only
part of our elaborate inaugural ceremonies and celebrations that is
required by the Constitution. Article II, Section 1 provides the
short—but imperative—oath that every president beginning with George
Washington has sworn to: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) 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.” Every single
president has stated these same words to swear his duty to the
country and the Constitution, whether he was elected or required to
assume the presidency following a president’s death or resignation.
The exact moment when a president-elect concludes the oath signals
that he or she is now officially president and commander in chief.
Regarding the remarkable significance of this uniquely peaceful
transfer of power from one president to the next, historian Jim
Bendat writes in Democracy’s Big Day,
“Our Inauguration Day is one that demonstrates the continuity of our
country and the renewal of the democratic process, as well as the
healing that is sometimes needed after an election battle.”"
For a complete two-day activity about the Presidential Inauguration
and Oath CLICK HERE
Questions to Use
in Learning about the Presidential Oath for Office and the
How many of you had information that indicated the incoming
president was a different party than the outgoing president?
What would explain that?
does it say about our country that these transitions happen
many of you had information that indicated the nation was at war ,
on the verge of war, or in depression when a president was sworn in?
5. Why might such stressful
times bring the nation together?
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