50TH INAUGURAL CEREMONIES TEST

RONALD W.

REAGAN

January 21, 1985

GEORGE H.W.

BUSH

THEME: FILL IN

INAUGURAL COMMITTEE

Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. (R-TN), Chair

Sen. Charles McCurdy Mathias Jr. (R-MD)

Sen. Wendell H. Ford (D-KY)

Rep. Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. (D-MA)

Rep. Jim Wright (D-TX)

Rep. Robert H. Michel (R-IL)

THE SWEARING-IN CEREMONIES

The Swearing-In Ceremony:

Ronald Reagan was sworn-in for his second term as the 40th President of the United States, and George H. W. Bush was sworn-in for his second term as the 43rd Vice President of the United States.

Location:

Rotunda, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC

Weather:

It was sunny, but bitter cold. Wind chill temperatures fell into the -10°F to -20°F range in the afternoon. Estimated noon temperature of 7°F.

Bible:

Family Bible, given to him by his mother, open to II Chronicles 7:14. (Same Bible used at his 1981 Inauguration)

FACTS, FIRSTS, AND PRECEDENTS

Coldest Inauguration day on record, with a noon temperature of 7°F; January 20th fell on Sunday, so Reagan was privately sworn in that day at the White House; public Inauguration on January 21st took place in the Capitol Rotunda, due to freezing weather.

THE INAUGURAL LUNCHEON

Members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies hosted a luncheon in honor of the newly sworn-in President and Vice President. Approximately 200 guests including the new President, Vice President, members of their families, the Supreme Court, Cabinet designees, and members of Congressional leadership attended­­ the event in the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.

THE INAUGURAL LUNCHEON

Members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies hosted a luncheon in honor of the newly sworn-in President and Vice President. Approximately 200 guests including the new President, Vice President, members of their families, the Supreme Court, Cabinet designees, and members of Congressional leadership attended­­ the event in the Capitol’s National Statuary Hall.

INAUGURAL PAINTING

Autumn on the Hudson River
Jasper Francis Cropsey
Oil on canvas, 1854-1855
Courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum

By the middle of the nineteenth century, Americans found special meaning in the unspoiled freshness, magnitude, and breathtaking beauty of the American landscape.  In contrast to the cities of Europe, nature became the symbol of American identity, and landscape painting became America’s national art.

The Hudson River valley above New York City inspired many landscape artists and gave rise to the Hudson River School of painting.  Jasper Cropsy, one of the most successful members of this group, painted Autumn – On the Hudson River in 1860.  It is his largest and most significant work. 

 Autumn – On the Hudson River captures several American ideals: the raw power and grand scale of the landscape and the strength of human enterprise.  On the canvas, the Hudson River, depicted at its widest point, moves through the majestic valley.  Along the river’s banks are several villages, signs of man’s peaceful and profitable interaction with nature.  Hunters and their dogs occupy the foreground as well as a log cabin, grazing sheep, wading cattle, and children at play, enhancing this pastoral scene.  The bright, autumnal colors have no seasonal counterpart.  All of these elements serve as a visual declaration of America’s divinely sanctioned purpose.     

Attendee GiftS

The President and Vice President received Steuben crystal bowls with engraved silver bases; guests received crystal paperweights in the form of a tetrahedron, also made by Steuben.