Presidential Inauguration mishaps from the past(WDAY TV) -- With the national spotlight on the presidential inauguration, there's a lot of pressure on the planners to organize a perfect event. Taking a look back in history, inaugural celebrations haven't always gone as well as expected.
(WDAY TV) -- With the national spotlight on the presidential inauguration, there's a lot of pressure on the planners to organize a perfect event. Taking a look back in history, inaugural celebrations haven't always gone as well as expected.
Barack Obama's inauguration marks the 57th time a president has been sworn in.
Obama: "My fellow Americans we are made for this moment and we will seize it."
And those past celebrations have come with a fair share of inaugural mishaps. In 1861, an ill Vice President Andrew Johnson got drunk off whiskey on the day of Abraham Lincoln's Inauguration, rambling, and becoming too confused to swear in new senators.
Then, in 1873, a chilly celebration for President Ulysses S. Grant. Canaries were brought in for guests' enjoyment, but they ended up freezing to death in frigid temps.
During the invocation at John F. Kennedy's 1961 inauguration, smoke poured from the podium, as Archbishop Cardinal Cushing plowed through the prayer, unfazed.
Cushing: " Citizens of the world.."
No one's quite sure what caused the fire. Oh, and JFK's famous quote:
JFK: "ask not what your country can do for you..."
Could've been stolen. That from Author Chris Matthews. He says JFK re-worked a phrase used by the headmaster of his college-prep school.
And then there was this moment:
Obama: "the office of the United States faithfully."
When the Chief Justice accidentally flubbed the Oath of Office. President Obama had to re-do it the next day, just to be safe.
This year: Obama made it through, and got a special congrats from daughter Sasha.
"good job daddy, you didn't mess up."
That's just one of more than 5 Oath of Office flubs. In 1941, after President Franklin D. Roosevelt's 3rd inauguration, the Supreme Court clerk dropped the Bible. Photos of the mishap filled the media.