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Questions relating to the swearing in of a newly elected or appointed politician or official.

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Who swears in the president if all of the sitting members of the Supreme Court are dead? [duplicate]

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is supposed to swear in president-elect of the United States. If there is no sitting Chief Justice, another member of the court would swear the president and ...
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How many soldiers were present in DC for past presidents' inaugurations? [closed]

Recently it has been in the news that Biden's inauguration could feature more than 2,500, more than 5,000, more than 10,000, 20,000, 25,000, or even 30,000 national guardsmen in DC. It's hard to ...
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Any data about Trump supporters amount in National Guard? [closed]

As we know, now there is about 25000 national guardsmen in Washington DC. But doesn't it increase risk of strikes from the inside, from hidden Trump supporters? More people - seems more risky. And FBI ...
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Who must be present at the Presidential Inauguration?

The current outgoing USA President will not attend the ceremony for the inauguration of the new president. Apparently also the outgoing First Lady will not be present. Is the presence of both ...
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Given Covid, why will Biden's inauguration not be virtual?

No matter the social distancing practised, there will inevitably be some spread of Covid at any large gathering such as an inauguration. Add the crowds of people who always come to DC, just because of ...
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Would Mike Pence become President if Trump was impeached and removed from office?

Let's assume President Trump is successfully impeached and removed from office on Monday/Tuesday (before his term expires and he leaves office on the 20th). Would Vice President Pence take over and ...
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What happens with Power transition (Inauguration) during Emergency

Suppose Biden is undergoing the Presidential Inauguration and some emergency event (Fire alarm, alert to potential disruptive crowds/hostiles) makes the President incapable of performing the ...
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How many presidents had decided not to attend the inauguration of their successor?

Pres. Donald Trump announced that he will not be attending the inauguration of Joe Biden. How many presidents have not attended the inauguration of their successor?
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Would the Biden administration have control over the size of the inauguration parade?

A typical Presidential inauguration ceremony looks somewhat like this: Obviously having tens of thousands of people in close quarters during a pandemic is not the best idea, but who will get to call ...
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Can an inauguration be delayed for any GOOD reason? [duplicate]

I ask this because with the amount of information regarding Trump, and the probability of Russian meddling in the 2016 election (from the FBI, CIA and NSA), dated 6 January 2017....was there a ...
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Can an incoming President take power slightly earlier or later to avoid conflict with a Sabbath?

The President's term is fixed to a specific length. That means its start and end dates are not dependent on which weekday is most convenient (as opposed to a national holiday like Veteran's Day), and ...
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What are the state-of-the art techniques for crowd size estimations? [closed]

The recent crowd size debate, (if we can call this a debate), on the inauguration reminded me of something that happens at every demonstration in France. The estimations of the number of demonstrators,...
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At Trump's inauguration, who is this dapper-looking man and why is he important?

While going looking at CNN's gigapixel picture from Trump's inauguration looking for funny faces and the like (great fun if you're looking to kill some time), this man caught my attention but I can't ...
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Why is there so much talk about this picture of crowd size at the inauguration?

Seems this has become the new issue of the new administration. Even Sean Spicer spent time during media briefing to talk about it and even went so far as to say “This was the largest audience to ...
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What were the goals of the woman's march during Trump's inauguration?

I've read there was a 2017 Women's March held on the day after President Trump's inauguration in Washington. It's not clear to me why? What's their motivation? And what goals do they hope to ...
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In which timezone's "noon" does the US presidency turn over?

I did a quick Google search of the US Constitution's 20th amendment, and it seems to me like section 1 doesn't specify a timezone. The terms of the President and Vice President shall end at noon on ...
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Was Mike Pence Vice President to Obama for a few minutes?

Mike Pence took his oath a few minutes before Donald Trump did. During those few minutes, was he Vice President to President Obama?
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Trump inauguration opposition

Some celebrities and also Democrats have boycotted Donald Trump's inauguration. There are also many demonstrations held in the country and in other countries. Has there been such a vast opposition ...
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At Trump's inauguration, who was the man in the wheelchair and why is he important?

I'm trying to figure out who is this guy in the wheelchair and why is he so "important". Both (now former president) Obama and Mr. President Donald Trump shook hands with him and had a little chat. ...
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Did China censor Obama's inauguration in 2013?

Apparently China censored the 2017 Presidential inauguration of the United States, forbidding media outlets from streaming the event or publishing photographs of it. Only reprints of state-written ...
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What were the military men doing behind Donald Trump when he began his speech?

Shortly after Trump was sworn in and began giving his speech there was a group of military men that lined up in formation behind him. They stood there for a short time before walking back. What were ...
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Prayer at the Presidential Inauguration

I'm watching the inauguration of the 45th president and am stunned2 that three Christian3 clergy persons pray for the president and the country, obviously in order to give the incoming president the ...
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Can a president-elect be sworn in BEFORE Jan 20th (but after electoral college vote certification on Jan. 6th)?

Just wondering if this is possible --- I know the 20th amendment states the outgoing president's tenure is UNTIL Jan 20th at noon, but am curious if, since the electors certified the incoming ...
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