The Inauguration: Never Again?


When the festivities finally ground to their appointed end, there were rumblings that this Inauguration ought to be the last of the old-fashioned three-day wonders. One of its chief planners, Maryland State Senator Louise Gore, hopefully predicted just that. HEW Secretary Robert Finch wondered if there were not a better way. Other Nixon men were vowing "Never again!"—just as Johnson staffers had sworn after the 1965 Inauguration.

Down with Folderol. Reviewing this year's affair, TIME Washington Correspondent Bonnie Angelo observed: "The passage of time will erase much that happened between the opening reception for 12,000 'distinguished ladies'—who any other day...

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