Planning ahead to Inauguration Day 2013
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.
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| January 20, 2011; 6:00 AM ET
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