1993–1994: Back to the Future

  • Jeffrey J. Volle
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency Series book series (EAP)


The investiture of the American president has taken on a special meaning not lost upon the likes of patriotic icons such as John Adams as he witnessed the swearing in of the first American president, George Washington: “It was Adams who formally welcomed the General and escorted him to the dais. For an awkward moment Adams appeared to be in some difficulty, as though he had forgotten what he was supposed to say. Then, addressing Washington, he declared that the Senate and House of Representatives were ready to attend him for the oath of office as required by the Constitution. Washington said he was ready. Adams bowed and led the way to the outer balcony, in full view of the throng in the streets. People were cheering and waving from below, and from windows and rooftops as far as the eye could see. Washington bowed once, then a second time.”1


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