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

Inaugural Luncheon

Fifty-Seventh Inaugural Ceremonies, January 21, 2013


Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Charles E. Schumer


The Reverend Luis Cortés

Presentations and Toasts

  • Charles E. Schumer
  • Lamar Alexander
  • John A. Boehner


Archbishop Demetrios of America

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Menu with Recipes and Wine



  • Tierce Finger Lakes Dry Riesling (2010)
  • Korbel Natural, Special Inaugural Cuvée California Champagne
  • Bedell Cellars Merlot (2009)
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‘Niagara Fall’ by Ferdinand Richardt

U.S. Department of State

Niagara Falls, a painting by Ferdinand Richardt, is a panoramic view of the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls at Niagara, capturing the sweep of the river.

In the foreground, the sidewheeler Maid-of-the-Mist can be seen navigating the rapids. Completed at a time when America’s history as an independent nation was not yet a century old, Richardt’s painting symbolized to Americans of that era the grandeur, power, and possibility of America.

A Danish artist, Richardt (1819-1895) came to America in 1855. He is best known for his depictions of Niagara Falls and composed this painting in 1856 as the seventeenth in a series. The New York Evening Post proclaimed it to be one of the most accurate views of Niagara Falls ever exhibited.

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The Chairman of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, Senator Charles E. Schumer, tries his hand at making the dessert for the Inaugural Luncheon. After lobster and bison, guests will enjoy a Hudson Valley Apple Pie.

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