The 51st Presidential

Inauguration

George H.W. Bush

January 20, 1989
Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks

Wendell H. Ford

Invocation

The Reverend Billy Graham

Musical Selection

“This is My Country” sung by the Harlan Boys’ Choir from Harlan, Kentucky under the direction of Mr. David Davies.

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to J. Danforth Quayle by the Honorable Sandra Day O’Connor, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.



Musical Selection

"God Bless America" by Staff Sergeant Alvy Powell of the U.S. Army Band

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to George H.W. Bush by the Honorable William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States.

Inaugural

Address

‘There is a man here who has earned a lasting place in our hearts and in our history. President Reagan, on behalf of our Nation, I thank you for the wonderful things that you have done for America.’

Benediction

The Reverend Billy Graham

The National Anthem

Staff Sergeant Alvy Powell of the U.S. Army Band


Facts, Firsts &

Precedents

Location
West Front, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC
Weather
Mostly cloudy, mild and breezy, with a noon temperature of 51°F.
Bible
Family Bible, open to Matthew 5, and the Bible used by George Washington (belonging to St. John's Masonic Lodge No. 1), opened at random
Inaugural Committee