Swearing-In Ceremony for President Lyndon Baines Johnson
Forty-Fifth Inaugural Ceremonies, January 20, 1965
Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks
- B. Everett Jordan
"Stars and Stripes Forever" performed by the United States Marine Band under the direction of Lt. Col. Albert F. Schoepper.
The Most Reverend Robert E. Lucey, S.T.D., archbishop of San Antonio
"Hail, America" performed by the United States Marine Band under the direction of Lt. Col. Albert F. Schoepper.
A special arrangement of "America, the Beautiful" performed by Leontyne Price accompanied by the United States Marine Band.
Rabbi Hyman Judah Schachtel, Congregation Beth Israel, Houston, TX
Vice Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Hubert Humphrey by the Honorable John W. McCormack, Speaker of the House of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Reverend George R. Davis, minister National City Christian Church of Washington, DC
Presidential Oath of Office
Administered to Lyndon Baines Johnson by the Honorable Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the United States.
- Bible Used: Johnson took the oath on the same family Bible he used at his Vice Presidential Inauguration in 1961. It was closed.
- Attire: Morning coat, striped trousers
‘ My fellow countrymen, on this occasion, the oath I have taken before you and before God is not mine alone, but ours together.’
Read the address
"This is My Country" performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, conducted by Richard P. Condie
His Eminence Archbishop Iakovos, Greek Orthodox archbishop of North and South America
The National Anthem
Performed by the United States Marine Band
Skies were cloudy and one inch of snow lay on the ground. Estimated temperature of 38°F.
Facts, Firsts & Precedents
Security for Johnson's Inauguration was tight following the assasination of John F. Kennedy in 1963. For the first time, the President rode in a bullet-proofed limousine.