THE CAPITAL: Inauguration

Eagerly and a little apprehensively, Washington is preparing for President-elect Eisenhower's inauguration. Unlike the coronation of a British monarch, or the installation of a Chibcha chief, the inauguration of an American President has never quite lost a certain air of improvisation: democracy, on this occasion, wants to wear a silk hat, but it also wants to knock silk hats into the Potomac.

Rummage-Sales & Muddy Boots. At the first inauguration, in 1789 in New York City, someone forgot to provide a Bible for the. President's oath. George Washington had all but started to raise his right hand when a frantic...

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