Quotes of the Day for 20 January 2003 – Inauguration Day
The 20th Amendment to the US Constitution set this as Inauguration Day, every four years starting in 1937 when Franklin Roosevelt was sworn in for his second term. 1945 was the only time a president was sworn in for a fourth term. 1953 was the first time the ceremony was televised nationally. 1961 was the first time a Roman Catholic took the office. 1989 marked 200 years of presidents, although George Washington hadn't been sworn in until 30 April. But this isn't an inaugural year, so I don't have to take it too seriously. Here are some lighter comments on the office from those who were in or near it.
In America, anybody can be president. That's one of the risks you take.
- Adlai Ewing Stevenson, 1900 - 1965
Somewhere out in this audience may even be someone who will one day follow in my footsteps, and preside over the White House as the president's spouse. I wish him well.
- Barbara Bush
As President Nixon says, presidents can do almost anything, and President Nixon has done many things that nobody would have thought of doing.
- Golda Meir
He may be president, but he still comes home and swipes my socks.
- Joseph P. Kennedy
Thomas Jefferson once said, "We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works." And ever since he told me that I stopped worrying.
- Ronald Wilson Reagan
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