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

Swearing-In Ceremony for President Ronald W. Reagan

Forty-Ninth Inaugural Ceremonies, January 20, 1981


Inaugural Address

‘To a few of us here today, this is a solemn and most momentous occasion; and yet, in the history of our Nation, it is a commonplace occurrence.’

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(Words: 2463)

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Ronald W. Reagan by the Honorable Warren E. Burger, Chief Justice of the United States.

Architect of the Capitol

  • Bible Used: Family Bible given to him by his mother, open to II Chronicles 7:14
  • Attire: Formal morning coat, striped trousers

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to George H.W. Bush.


West Front,
U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC


Mostly cloudy and mild, with a noon temperature of 55°F.

Facts, Firsts & Precedents

  • First Inauguration held on the west front of the U.S. Capitol.

  • Reagan's first Inauguration was also the warmest on record with a noon temperature of 55

Inaugural Committee

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U.S. Senate Recording Studio

For the first time, an inauguration ceremony was held on the terrace of the West Front of the Capitol. Chief Justice Warren Burger administered the oath of office to the former broadcaster, screen actor, and Governor of California. In the election of 1980, the Republicans won the White House and a majority in the Senate. On inauguration day, American hostages held by the revolutionary government of Iran were released.