May 04, 2004

*Presidential Fun Fact of the Day

Some tidbits from Herbert Hoover's inauguration:

(Note: as I was looking over the list of presidents I had coming up, I saw Herbert Hoover's name and decided to take a little trip over the weekend. In the Hoover library you can sit and watch excerpts of the inauguration. The crowd was excited and happy to see their hero sworn in. Hoover had won 58% of the popular vote and 444 of the 531 electoral votes. The good feelings, of course, would not last. But it is undeniable that Hoover was very popular up until the stock market crashed.)

1. Hoover's inauguration was the first to be filmed with sound.

2. Former President Taft administered the Oath and slipped up by saying "preserve, maintain, and protect" instead of "preserve, protect, and defend" the Constitution. No one seemed to notice.

3. Another slip-up regarding the Oath involved the Bible. Hoover had requested the Bible be opened to the Sermon on the Mount. Instead it was opened to Proverb 29.

4. The weather was rainy, but it did not dampen the high spirits of the spectators. The Hoovers shared the stormy weather with the crowd and kept their convertible top down.

5. Dispensing with an inaugural ball, the Hoovers held a charitable event instead.

Posted by Jennifer at May 4, 2004 12:06 PM