The Fifty-Seventh Presidential Inauguration on January 21, 2013 presented by the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies.

Inaugural Luncheon

Fifty-First Inaugural Ceremonies, January 20, 1989

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Menu and Wine


  • First Course: Lobster Scallop Ragout
  • Second Course: Grilled Poussin with four grain rice pilaf and asparagus
  • Third Course: Brandied Pear Crisp with vanilla ice cream


  • Mondavi Reserve Pinot Noir, California (1984)
  • Sterling Vineyards Estate Chardonnay, California (1986)
  • Korbel Champagne, California
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‘George Washington (PatriƦ Pater)’ by Rembrandt Peale

In commemoration of the Bicentennial Inauguration

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The President and Vice President received hand-blown crystal bowls by Lenox; guests received a Lenox china box featuring a replica of the first Great Seal of the United States.

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U.S. Senate Recording Studio

The 200th anniversary of the Presidency was observed as George Bush took the executive oath on the same Bible George Washington used in 1789. The ceremony occurred on a platform on the terrace of the West Front of the Capitol. The oath of office was administered by Chief Justice William Rehnquist. After the ceremony the President and Ms. Bush led the inaugural parade from the Capitol to the White House, walking along several blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue to greet the spectators.