THE NATION: Second Inaugural

A Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington looked down upon 52 members of the Eisenhower family, ten Nixons and a handful of old friends and servants gathered in the East Room of the White House. It was a quiet, midmorning group, and yet the occasion was both formal and historic: since their terms legally expired on Sunday (and by tradition the public ceremony could not be held until Monday —see below), Dwight David Eisenhower and Richard Milhous Nixon were about to take the oath of office in private ceremony, i.e., unwatched by public or press.

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