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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 01/20/2011

Planning ahead to Inauguration Day 2013

By Ed O'Keefe


Barack Obama was sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts as the 44th president of the United States on Jan. 20, 2009. (Mark Wilson/Getty)

Eye Opener

Remember Inauguration Day 2009? It was two years ago today that temperatures plummeted, millions of visitors swarmed the streets of Washington and Barack Obama became the nation's 44th president.

But let's think ahead to Inauguration Day 2013. Though the 20th Amendment states that a president's term ends at "noon on the 20th day of January," Jan. 20, 2013 is a Sunday.

And what happens when a holiday happens on a Sunday? The government moves it to Monday.

So whoever is inaugurated in 2013 is likely to do it twice -- once privately and once again with all the ruffles and flourishes.

If Obama is a two-termer, he's likely to follow precedent set by Ronald Reagan and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Reagan took the oath of office for the second time privately on Sunday Jan. 20, 1985 and during a public (indoor) ceremony the next day. Eisenhower took the oath again during a private White House ceremony on Sunday Jan. 20, 1957 and repeated it publicly on the East portico of the White House on Monday Jan. 21.

(Of course, Obama did the reverse: He took the oath publicly, but, after Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts flubbed it, he did it again privately the next day "out of an abundance of caution.")

Back when Inauguration Day was on March 4th, James Monroe, Zachary Taylor and Woodrow Wilson also took the oath privately on a Sunday and publicly on a Monday.

And plan ahead: Inauguration Day falls on a Sunday once every 28 years, so it will happen again in 2041, 2069, and 2097.

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below

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By Ed O'Keefe  | January 20, 2011; 6:00 AM ET
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Comments

Woohoo! No more Obama. Of course, he will be replaced by Huckabee, Palin or Romney, who all have exactly the same economic and foreign policies, so we can count on the continuity of failure...

Posted by: mibrooks27 | January 20, 2011 9:10 AM | Report abuse

In the interests of accuracy (and only if that is actually true) I think the last paragraph should read that "Inauguration Day" not "January 20" occurs on Sunday every 28 years. January 20 occurs on Sunday mostly every 6 years. It also occurs in 5 years depending on whether the leap year occurs twice between the Sunday occurrences, and I believe it can occasionally occur once every 400 years on a 7 year cycle (when we skip a leap year; like in the year 2000).

Posted by: gyserprime | January 20, 2011 12:32 PM | Report abuse

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