I'd wax on a bit about this being a fine day to inaugurate something, being the 1st day of the R. of your L., but there's snow to shovel and a book to write. I'll fire up the pot of chicken & cabbage & lentil soup [lots of garlic & onion too] I assembled yesterday & give thanks the republic has lasted this far.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
So, it wasn't until 1933 that the date was changed upon which U.S. Presidents were to be sworn in. John Adams took his Oath of Office on the 4th of March, 1797 & so it'd be for the next 136 years, what w/ hard travels & all, 'taking forever to get anywhere' Seems to me that Ethel Roosevelt, TR's daughter said something like that, remembering the Good Old Days [G.O.D. - ooh gave meself the shivers] so anyway, a long stretch of time twixt a Nov. election & putting one's hand on the Bible in March. But 1933 was too dire, miserable, & rotten for any lollygagging, thus Franklin D. Roosevelt's Inauguration Day was moved to 20 January and thus it has been. This link will take you to some of the memorable words said on this notable day in history. Of course, if you're reading this, how astute & marvelous you are/how grateful, albeit surprised, am I! and you probably know that 'twas 50 years ago today, when D.C. was piled high w/ the white stuff not unlike the snowy blanket here today, young Mrs. Kennedy put on her beige ensemble incl. hat to match and you know the rest.