We’re not even a month away from watching President Obama be sworn into the office of the Presidency for the second time and the date alone may attract more people to the capital than his last inauguration.
The date he will be sworn in on will be a private ceremony on January 20, but the larger ceremony will be attended by everyone on Monday, January 21, 2012. That’s right! President Obama will be sworn in on the federal holiday for Martin Luther King’s birthday under the theme “Faith in America’s Future” according to USA Today.
But not only is it MLK’s birthday, it is also the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and the placement of the Statue of Freedom atop the Capitol Dome in 1863. Wow! To say President Obama’s big day is a momentous occasion, is a huge understatement.
Former president Bill Clinton, was the only other president to have his inauguration fall on Martin Luther King’s birthday and it was also his second inauguration, Monday, Jan. 20, 1997. Wow! Coincidence or powerful statement.
The National Park Service clocked in nearly two million in attendance for his first inauguration. Read more here as you make your travel plans.