Donald Trump may have won the election, but he will have to wait to be sworn in as the 45th U.S. president. The inauguration is scheduled for noon on Jan. 20, 2017 at the U.S. Capitol.
As Trump becomes president, Barack Obama will leave the White House, his residence for the past eight years. He has said he intends to remain in Washington.
The event is planned by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, which has had that responsibility since 1901. This will be the 58th presidential inaugural.
The day traditionally has begun with a morning worship service. Then the outgoing president, in this case Obama, travels with the new president, Trump, to the Capitol. The incoming vice president, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, will be sworn in first, followed by the new chief executive.
Article II, Section I of the Constitution prescribes the wording of the oath: “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.”
Following the ceremony, Trump will deliver an inaugural address, which has been a part of every inauguration since George Washington in 1789 and has contained as many as 8,445 words or as few as 135. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama then leave the Capitol as private citizens.
There also is a luncheon featuring members of Congress and the new president and vice president.
The president used to be sworn into office on March 4, but the 20th Amendment to the Constitution pushed the date back to Jan. 20.
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