The Inauguration of Barack Obama
the 44th President of the United States
Trivia Questions

1. Which Amendment to the Constitution makes inauguration day January 20? 

The 20th Amendment

2. Which president said in his 1961 inaugural address: "And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country."


3. In which national crisis did Franklin Roosevelt say in his first inaugural address, "So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself." ?

The Great Depression

4. Which president took his oath of office in April in New York City on the balcony of the Senate Chamber at Federal Hall on Wall Street?

George Washington

5. Which inaugural address (which president, first or second) included these famous words:

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds..."

Abe Lincoln

6.Which president gave the longest inaugural speech but serving the shortest term of office because he died of a pneumonia from giving the speech in the cold March rain?

William Henry Harrison

7. Which president was the first to give his inaugural speech in January?


8. Which president was the first to take the oath of office in the Capitol Rotunda?

Ronald Reagan

9. Which presidential  inaugural was the first known to have been photographed?

James Buchanan

10. Who the first president to ride to and from his inaugural in an automobile?

Warren G. Harding

11. Who was the first ex-president to administer the oath of office as Chief Justice (to Calvin Coolidge)?

William Taft

12. Who is the only president to have had more than two inaugurations?

Franklin D. Roosevelt

13. At whose inaugural did Robert Frost participate in the official ceremonies at the Capitol for the first time as a poet? 

John F. Kennedy's 

14. Which president was the first to use a bullet-proofed, closed limousine in the inaugural parade?

Lyndon B. Johnson

15. Which president used an old family Bible and a second Bible on lectern had been used at inauguration of George Washington?

Jimmy Carter

16. Who was the first president to walk all the way from the Capitol to the White House with his family after ceremony?

Jimmy Carter

17. At whose first inaugural did poet Maya Angelou recite her poem "On the Pulse of Morning?"

William Jefferson Clinton

18.  Which chief justice of the Supreme  Court was the last to give the Oath of office in 2005?

William Rehnquist

19. Who will administer the oath of office to President-Elect Barack Obama in 2009?

Chief Justice John Roberts

20. On which side of the US Capitol is the oath of office administered?

On the west front of the Capitol.

21. Which presidential couple had the first inaugural ball thrown for them at Long's Hotel in 1809?

James and Dolley Madison

22. Including Barack Obama's how many inaugural ceremonies have taken place?


23. Who was the First Vice President to assume Presidency upon the death of the President?

John Tyler

24. Which president's inaugural was the first to have African Americans participate in the Inaugural parade for the first time.

Abraham Lincoln

25. Which president's first inauguration, in 1801, was the first to take place in the new capital city of Washington?

Thomas Jefferson's 

26.Which president had to be sworn-in a second time because the chief justice made a mistake when administering the oath?

Barack Obama

27. How many people were estimated to be on the National Mall when Barack Obama was sworn in as president? 

1.8 Million

28. How many inaugural balls did Barack and Michelle Obama attend?


29. Who designed the dress for Michelle Obama's inaugural ball appearances?

Jason Wu

30. What did Barack Obama ask the audience at the Neighborhood ball when he introduced Michelle?

"How good looking is my wife?"

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