The 53rd Presidential


William J. Clinton

January 20, 1997

Opening Musical


The United States Marine Band

Lieutenant Colonel Timothy Foley, Director

Alcorn State University, Mississippi

United States Naval Academy Men's and Woman's Glee Club

Call to Order and Welcoming Remarks

John Warner


The Reverend Billy Graham

Musical Selection

Children of the Gospel: The Next Generation.

Rickey Payton, Sr., Conductor

Vice Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to Albert A. Gore Jr. by the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Musical Selection

Jessye Norman

Presidential Oath of Office

Administered to William J. Clinton by the Honorable William Rehnquist, Chief Justice of the United States.



‘My fellow citizens: At this last Presidential inauguration of the 20th century, let us lift our eyes toward the challenges that await us in the next century.’

Musical Selection

Immanuel Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra

The Reverend Lynn Madden, Musical Director

Poetry Selection

Miller Williams


The Reverend Gardner C. Taylor

The National Anthem

Santita Jackson and the Resurrection Choir

Facts, Firsts &


First Inaugural ceremony broadcast live on the Internet.

West Front, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC
Partly sunny with a high overcast. Winds were from the south at 7 mph. Estimated noon temperature of 34°F.
King James Bible, given to him by grandmother, open to Isaiah 58:12 (same Bible used at his 1993 Inauguration)
Inaugural Committee