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The pictures by themselves are not much of an issue; there are obviously fewer people in one than in other but there is not much more that can be concluded about it1. The issue is that in his habitual style, Trump and his aides could not stand any information that did not suit them, and engaged in claims that his inauguration had more attendance than Obama'...


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Is this customary? Yes, there is a whole wiki on it. Obama had pastor Rick Warren at his inauguration. How does this align with a secular government? Isn't it one? The government is still secular. What makes the government secular is that a religious component is not a mandated component. You can become president without prayers. More importantly no ...


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No, because while taking the oath is a prerequisite for executing the office, just swearing it doesn't make one POTUS or VPOTUS. Article II, Section 1, Clause 8 of the US Constitution says: Before he [the President] enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: [...] "Before" does not necessarily mean "the exact ...


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History Since 1933, prayer has been a consistent part of presidential inaugurations in America [Source: Newdow v Bush, Civil Action. Pg.7] . Since 1933 the President-Elect has visited a church for prayer prior to taking the oath of office, but since 1937 actual prayers have been offered during the inauguration itself. Secularism As noted in the question, ...


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The United States Constitution does not explicitly state the time zone used. However, in reality, the Eastern Time Zone which the District of Columbia is in, is followed. It's likely because it's the local time of the District of Columbia where the inauguration takes place and that D.C. is the capital of the United States. It doesn't make sense to use a ...


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There is no provision for delaying the outgoing president's departure. It would be possible for the outgoing vice president to resign and allow the incoming president to become vice president prior to the Sabbath. Then the outgoing president could resign and allow the incoming president to take office early. The outgoing president could choose to do ...


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This is Bishop Wayne Jackson, of Great Faith Ministries International. His photo is on their homepage here. He's there because he presented one of the prayers at the inauguration. Photo embedded from the Detroit News article.


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They were delivering umbrellas. It began to rain before Trump was sworn in. It worsened as the event continued. In the image, you can see one of them coming down the stairs with an umbrella in each hand. Video can be seen here: http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/20/politics/trump-inaugural-address/index.html


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That is Bob Dole, the Republican Senate Leader from 1981 to 1996. (image from Wikipedia) He was Gerald Ford's running mate and the Vice-Presidential candidate in the 1976 election. In 1996, he ran for President against Bill Clinton, who was seeking for a second term in office, but wasn't successful. Credits to @user4012 for pointing out Dole's 1996 ...


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In 2013, 1985, 1957 and on several occasions before that, inauguration day (the 20th of January since the passing of amendment 20) fell on a Sunday. When this has happened, the inauguration ceremony was moved to the Monday the 21st. It is quite reasonable to suppose that a President who for some religious reason could not take part in ceremonies on a ...


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Is this customary? Yes. The United States is a majority Christian nation. Politicians act in that reality. Also, a lot of politicians seem to be sincerely religious people who want to speak in this way. How does this align with a secular government? Isn't it one? You have to remember that we also have freedom of religion (that includes freedom to ...


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According to Wikipedia, their Goals are as follows: Protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country Their reason for marching was to raise awareness. Wikipedia continues: The 2017 Women's Marches were a series of political rallies that took place ...


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While it is true that the Constitution is unclear on this point, the law (the United States Code) is quite clear: 4 USC 72: Public offices; at seat of Government All offices attached to the seat of government shall be exercised in the District of Columbia, and not elsewhere, except as otherwise expressly provided by law. 15 USC 262: Duty to observe ...


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With regards to the 2017 picture, we can fairly definitively say that it was not taken during Trump's speech. The crowd grew significantly just as the event began. There is a CNN gigapixel taken during Trump's speech that shows crowds in the areas that are empty in that picture.


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This is hard to generalize, because there are so many different organizations which organize demonstrations and other public gatherings and then report their estimations regarding participations. Also, there are countless police departments in the world, and they all also use different methods. But a more reliable method to count crowd sizes is the Jacob's ...


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A large group of people boycotted Richard Nixon's second inauguration ceremony in 1973. However there are those who say that the numbers were overstated by the media (see citations below). What to Know About the First Lawmakers to Boycott a Presidential Inauguration The honor—or infamy—of being the first to be formally boycotted by legislators goes ...


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Good find on indigochild's part. For those who'd like a little more info on this "dapper-looking man"; who he is and why he's important: Bishop Wayne Jackson runs Great Faith Ministries International, in Detroit. He has been a proponent of Prosperity Theology. This is a very controversial theological system that argues a person's personal wealth is directly ...


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Attendance at the inauguration has become a widely reported story because it's used by folks in the media to illustrate excitement behind a candidate. Whether rightly, or wrongly, it's become a point of comparison that managed to be a major point in President Trump's first press conference. Politifact has an excellent analysis on the claims made in the ...


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2017 China did censor this year's inauguration, in a directive to media outlets. This's not surprising due to Trump's rhetoric towards China. It is forbidden for websites to carry out live streaming or picture reports of the inauguration. 2013 There isn't any definite article that states if China broadcasted that year's inauguration. However, I did ...


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Section 1 of the 20th Amendment to the United States Constitution reads as follows: The terms of the President and the Vice President shall end at noon on the 20th day of January, and the terms of Senators and Representatives at noon on the 3d day of January, of the years in which such terms would have ended if this article had not been ratified; and the ...


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The proper estimation of the crowd size is an important factor for police and emergency services. For instance, knowing the number of attendees and exits in a closed location is useful for prediction panic in an emergency case (like fire or shooting). It is also important to know the crowd size if you want to know how many police and guards you need to ...


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Maybe instead of asking the public to yield, the religion should. Here's a solid precedent for that approach: Inauguration Day for President Trump was January 20, 2017 — a Friday. A public ceremony was held during the day. Inaugural balls were held at night. President Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and his wife (the President's daughter), ...


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According to their website - as seen here: https://www.womensmarch.com/mission/ - they say, In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new ...


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According to the LA Times, Yes, the Chinese did censor at least Obama's first inauguration. I don't know if they censored his second, but it seems likely.


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