Commonplace and miraculous. That�s how President
Reagan described the peaceful transfer of power during his Inaugural
address in 1981.
�The orderly transfer of
authority as called for in the Constitution routinely takes place, as it
has for almost two centuries, and few of us stop to think how unique we
really are. In the eyes of many in the world, this every-four-year
ceremony we accept as normal is nothing less than a miracle.� �
One week ago, the world watched as one
administration passed the torch to the next. For the millions of people who
are risking their lives to secure freedom and democracy in their own
nations, this transition of power did indeed appear
As Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural
Ceremonies, I had a front row seat to the Inauguration and ceremonies
surrounding this historic event, and I wanted to share some of my favorite
On the day before the
Inauguration, I stopped by the Missouri State University Chorale�s sound
check to wish them good luck.
In addition to
introducing other speakers throughout the event, I highlighted the
historic significance of the Inauguration during my opening
I had the honor of sitting with President Trump
and Vice President Pence.
the Inaugural Luncheon, I delivered remarks and explained why George
Caleb Bingham�s �Verdict of the People� was on display in the
Following the Inauguration, Abby
and I stood on the East Front of the Capitol as President Barack
Obama departed on Marine One.
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