Bibles, oaths and parades: Inaugural trivia
President Jimmy Carter walking to the White House after his inauguration in 1977.
January 18th, 2013
01:25 PM ET
7 years ago

Bibles, oaths and parades: Inaugural trivia

Washington (CNN) - At its essence, the presidential inaugural symbolizes American democracy's peaceful transition or extension of power.

Every four years, the winner of the preceding November election swears to defend the Constitution. Cannons boom and bands play. It all unfolds outside in public, usually before a massive throng that thunders its approval.


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