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58th Presidential Inauguration Ornament

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Additional Information

Size 3" x 2 1/2" x 1 1/4"
Material Non-tarnishing 24k gold-plated brass
Collection n/a
SKU 688

Product Description

On April 30, 1789, George Washington took the oath of office in New York City. Later he said of this new presidential role, "I walk on untrodden ground." Constitutional guidelines for inaugurations are sparse, offering only the date and the words of the oath. All else is driven by tradition. After the oath is administered the president gives an address. In 1801 Thomas Jefferson was the first to be sworn in as president in Washington, D.C., the location chosen for the permanent capital. After his second inauguration in 1805, Jefferson rode on horseback from the Capitol to the President's House amid music and a spontaneous gathering of mechanics from the nearby Navy Yard—a procession the grew into today's inaugural parade. Inaugural events, including parades, have become more elaborate over the years and have evolved into spectacular entertainments. More than a celebration of one person's rise to power, modern inaugurations validate the republic's democratic process. Modern inaugural festivities reflect not only the president they honor, but also the desire of many Americans to celebrate our nation's rich history and the transfer of presidential power.

This new 58th Presidential Inauguration Ornament is a limited-edition offering from the White House Historical Association and commemorates the presidential inauguration on January 20, 2017. This 3D depiction of the White House is made of non-tarnishing 24-karat gold-plated brass and comes in a custom box.