Fact or Fiction – Inauguration Edition
Ever since we've had presidents, we've had presidential inaugurations.
Before taking charge of the office, every president-elect must swear an oath to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." And just like the election day that got the soon-to-be POTUS to the Oval Office, anything can happen. Seriously, anything.
From a newly sworn-in President jumping out of the White House window to a President refusing to wear a coat during his hour and forty-five minute long inaugural address and catching pneumonia and dying a month later, there have been over 200 years worth of inauguration day insanity.
So, to celebrate this "huuuuge" day in history, let's play a little game of Fact or Fiction - Inauguration Edition. No cheating!
- Fact or Fiction - President Teddy Roosevelt wore a ring during his second inauguration in 1905 that contained a lock of Abraham Lincolns hair.
- Fact or Fiction - The longest inaugural address was a freestyle rap by Thomas Jefferson.
- Fact or Fiction - At 70, Donald Trump is the oldest person to be elected.
- Fact or Fiction - The actual oath laid out in the Constitution is only 35 words, but during George Washington's 1789 inauguration he ad-libbed "So help me God" and it became a precedent that presidents follow to this day.
- Fact or Fiction - The first inaugural ball was in 1809 and tickets were $100.
- Fact or Fiction - Bill Clinton's second inaugural address was the first ever to be live streamed on the internet.
- Fact or Fiction - Dwight D. Eisenhower was lassoed by a cowboy while on the podium in 1953.
- Fact or Fiction - Barack Obama’s first inauguration had the lowest attendance in history.
- Fact or Fiction - Thomas Jefferson and Jimmy Carter were the only presidents to walk the entire inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House.
- Fact or Fiction - John Wilkes Booth, the man who would shoot Lincoln, refused to attend Abraham Lincolns second inauguration and instead help a protest outside the White House.
How did you do? Check out the answers below!
1. Fact 2. Fiction - the longest inaugural address was by William Henry Harrison 3. Fact 4. Fact 5. False - tickets were only $4 6. Fact 7. Fact 8. Fiction - he had the highest attendance with 1.8 million attendees 9. Fact 10. Fiction - John Wilkes Booth actually attended the inauguration and can be seen in pictures during Lincolns address
If you want to check out some more fun inauguration day facts and firsts take a peek at the Seattle Times Inauguration Trivia.