EL Civics for ESL Students

Inauguration of President Donald Trump

EL Civics, History, and Government
Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017

President-Elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office with then President Barack Obama

Oath of Office


1. President-elects say their name after the first "I".

2. Presidents raise their right hand and put their left hand on the Bible while swearing in.

3. It is not mandatory for presidents to swear on a Bible, but it is mandatory for them to take the oath.

4. It is not mandatory that the Chief Justice swear in presidents.

5. Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in on Air Force One with a Catholic missal instead of a Bible.

  • President Donald John Trump was sworn in at noon on January 20, 2017. He is the 45th President of the United States.
  • His vice president is Michael Richard Pence. Pence is the 48th Vice President of the United States.
  • Chief Justice John Roberts swore Trump in while his wife, First Lady Melania, stood by his side.
  • The Oath of Office is specified in the U.S. Constitution in Article II, Section 1.
  • Here is a copy of the oath:

    I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
  • It is customary for presidents to add the words "So help me God" to the end of the oath.
  • The swearing in ceremony is at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
  • President Trump gave an inaugural speech after he was sworn in.
  • Trump has five children: Donald Trump, Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, Tiffany Trump, and Barron Trump.
  • There were many Inaugural Day parties and balls around Washington on the evening of the ceremony.
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