Democracy's Big Day: The Inauguration of Our President, 1789–2013

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iUniverse, 2012年1月4日 - 220 頁

Every four years, the world watches as the United States passes the title and power of the presidency from one person to another in a peaceful and orderly manner. With a formal ceremony, a large parade, and gala inaugural balls, its a big, colorful showone rich with history, tradition, and ritual.

Through a compilation of vignettes, author Jim Bendat chronicles all of Inauguration Days historic events. Democracys Big Day tells stories about the outgoing and incoming presidents who did not get along, the chief justices who improperly administered the presidential oath, the vice president who showed up to the ceremony drunk, and the nine occasions in which the United States had an unplanned and unanticipated inaugurationoften for a nation in mourning.

Democracys Big Day presents a comprehensive history of presidential inaugurationsfrom George Washington through Barack Obama. From the morning White House coffee gathering to the evenings parties, the author provides a captivating look at what is truly democracys biggest day.

 

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I
3
II
23
III
99
Its Party Time
129
The Wildest Party
135
Big Men Big Parties
141
SUDDEN DEATH AND RESIGNATION
147
The End oftheAffair
163
References
183
Acknowledgments
189
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JIM BENDAT is one of the nation’s leading experts on US presidential inauguration history. His works have appeared in the New Republic, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun. He has been featured as an inaugural historian by all of the major networks in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Bendat and his wife, Marilyn, have three children. They live in Los Angeles, California.

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