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This Jan. 20, 1961 black-and-white file photo shows President John F. Kennedy delivering his inaugural address after taking the oath of office, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Sixteen presidents before Barack Obama got a second chance at giving an inaugural address for the ages. Most didnít make much of it. Abraham Lincoln is the grand exception.

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U.S. President Ronald Reagan, left, and first lady Nancy Reagan wave to the crowd from their limousine as they lead the motorcade down Washington's Pennsylvania Avenue on inauguration day, Jan. 20, 1981, following swearing-in ceremony.

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Riding in open a car, the Dwight Eisenhower lead inaugural parade from Capital grounds after the swearing in ceremonies in Washington, Jan. 20, 1953. Ike waves as car turns onto Constitution Avenue. In background is Capitol dome.

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President Dwight Eisenhower stands in his open car and waves as he leaves the Capitol just before swinging into Constitution Avenue on traditional inaugural parade route in Washington on Jan. 21, 1957.

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Over 7,000 people stood in the snow-covered grounds at the back of the White House to watch President Roosevelt inaugurated in Washington, on Jan. 20, 1945, for his fourth term. Wartime Austerity was the keynote of the proceedings and the whole ceremony was completed in under 15 minutes.

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U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and the first lady, Lady Bird, dance at the Inaugural Ball at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 1965.

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This photograph of a painting shows the second inauguration of Abraham Lincoln as he takes the oath of office as the 16th president of the United States in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 1865. The oath is administered by Chief Justice Salmon P. Chase.

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This Jan. 20, 1977 file photo shows President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter waving as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue .At some point on Inauguration Day, if all goes expected, the president's limousine will slow to a stop on its journey down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House. In that moment, Pennsylvania Avenue is America's red carpet. And the president is the only celebrity on it. The victory walk has become an iconic inaugural moment, a tradition dates only to President Jimmy Carter.

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President Bush takes the oath of office from Chief Justice William Rehnquist, right, with first lady Laura Bush, and his daughters Barbara and Jenna at his side at the US Capitol in Washington, Jan. 20, 2005. In background are Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, left, and Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss.

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President Calvin Coolidge rides in an open car at the head of the inaugural parade with his wife Grace and Chief Justice Wiliam H. Taft in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 1925. Coolidge was sworn in as the 30th president of the United States.

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Chelsea Clinton pets outgoing first dog Millie as President Bush, Barbara Bush and President-elect Clinton look on at the White House Wednesday, January 20, 1993. The Clinton family went to the White House to pick up the Bushes, escorting them to Capitol Hill and Clinton's presidential swearing in ceremony.

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U.S. President-elect John F. Kennedy, wearing his high hat, and his wife, Jacqueline Kennedy, are shown as they leave their Georgetown resident for the inauguration day ceremonies in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 1961.

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Warren G. Harding, center right, takes the oath of office administered by Chief Justice Edward D. White on the East Portico of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., March 4, 1921. Harding is sworn in as the 29th president of the United States.

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President Clinton, his daughter Chelsea and wife Hillary talk after Clinton was sworn in for his second term by Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist during the 53rd Presidential Inauguration Monday, Jan. 20, 1997, in Washington.

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President Richard M. Nixon delivers his inaugural address, January 20, 1973, saying the world stands on the threshold of a new era of peace.

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President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter, center, walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., after Carter was sworn in as the nations 39th president on Jan. 20, 1977. Other members of the Carter family follow behind them.

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President George Bush raises his right hand as he is sworn into office as the 41st president of the United States by Chief Justice William Rehnquist outside the west front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 1989.

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President Ronald Reagan and first lady Nancy Reagan wave to onlookers at the Capitol building as they stand at the podium in Washington following the swearing in ceremony, Jan. 20, 1981.

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In this photo provided by the Library of Congress, participants crowd around at the first inauguration of President Abraham Lincoln at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 1861. Lincoln is standing under the wood canopy, at the front, midway between the left and center posts. His face is in shadow but the white shirt front is visible.

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt takes the oath of office as the 32nd president of the United States from Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes, March 4, 1933.

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The retiring 28th President Woodrow Wilson, rides with his successor, Warren Gamaliel Harding, to the latter's inauguration, March 4, 1921. Because of his weakened condition, Mr. Wilson was unable to attend the inauguration of his successor.

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U.S. President Ronald Reagan gives a thumbs up sign to the crowd as his wife, first lady Nancy Reagan, waves from limousine during the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 1981.

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In this photo provided by the White House, President Ronald Reagan and President-elect George Bush arrive at the Capitol in Washington after a limousine ride from the White House for Bush's inaugural ceremonies, Jan. 21, 1989.

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President Ronald Reagan and wife Nancy react after Mrs. Reagan sat down after speaking and forgot to introduce the President at the Capital Center in Landover, Md., Monday, Jan. 21, 1985, during an event held for those who would have participated in the inaugural parade, which was canceled because of bad weather.

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Crowds stand in the rain as they witness the inauguration of Herbert Hoover in Washington, D.C., March 4, 1929.

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President Ronald Reagan takes the oath of office administered by Chief Justice Warren Burger in a private White House ceremony for a second term in Washington, D.C., Sunday, Jan. 20, 1985. First Lady Nancy Reagan holds the bible.

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President Clinton embraces his daughter Chelsea, left, and wife Hillary after taking the oath of office on the west steps of the Capitol Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1993, during inauguration ceremonies in Washington. Clinton is the 42nd president of the United States.

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With smiles and a wave, U.S. President Harry Truman, left, and his successor, president-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower, leave the White House in an open car for inauguration ceremonies in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 20, 1953. Sitting in the front is Sen. Styles Bridges of New Hampshire, and behind him is House Speaker Joe Martin.

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President and Mrs. Clinton wave as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington Wednesday, January 20, 1993 during the presidential inaugural parade.

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President Clinton poses with daughter Chelsea as they attend the Arkansas Ball in Washington Monday, Jan. 20, 1997.

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President Dwight Eisenhower and Mrs Mamie Eisenhower sit in the open car and wave as they leave the Capitol in Washington Jan. 21, 1957, just before swinging into Constitution Avenue on traditional inaugural parade route.

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President Bush grins as his daughter Jenna, 19, adjusts her dress, as they dance at the Florida Inaugural Ball at the National Building Museum in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001.

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President Harry S. Truman delivers inaugural address from Capitol portico, January 20, 1949, after taking oath of office for his first full term as chief executive.

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President George Bush, left, and his wife, first lady Barbara Bush, wave to the crowd on Pennsylvania Avenue after getting out of their limousine and walking the inaugural parade route in Washington, D.C., Friday, Jan. 20, 1989.

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U.S. President George W. Bush is sworn in by Chief Justice William Rehnquist, not shown, during his inauguration on Capitol Hill Thursday, Jan.20, 2005.

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President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt travels to his Inauguration with the outgoing President Herbert Hoover as they share a tense ride to the Capitol in Washington, D.C.

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Curator Clark Evans displays the burgundy velvet, gilt-edged Lincoln Inaugural Bible at the Library of Congress Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2008, in Washington. President-elect Barack Obama will take his oath of office on the bible Jan. 20, becoming the first president to use it since Abraham Lincoln at his swearing-in on March 4, 1861.

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Barack Obama, left, takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts, not seen, as his wife Michelle, holds the Lincoln Bible and daughters Sasha, right and Malia, watch at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance together at the Obama Home States Inaugural Ball in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama dance at the Commander in Chief Inaugural Ball at the National Building Museum in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009.

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Images of Presidential inaugurations. From Lincoln's swearing in at the dawn of the Civil War to Barack Obama's first inaugural in the shadow of the Great Recession, here is a look at the pageantry and patriotism of Presidents taking the oath of office.
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