mardi 20 janvier 2009


Today, Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th President of the United-States, and a new family will make the White House their home.

- The White House has been the home of every U.S. President except Washington, who semected the site for the building.

- The White House has been called "Executive Mansion", the "President's Palace" and "the President's House". Its current name was made official in 1901 by Theodore Roosevelt.

- The White House has 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms, but at most, only 15 rooms have ever ben set aside for the First Family, according to the White House Historical Association.

TODAY, Obama will stand on the steps of the Capitol building and place his hand on the same Bible that Abraham Lincoln used at his Inauguration. The Chief Justice of the United States, John G. Roberts Jr., will administer the oath of office. The 44th President will promise to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.
After President Obama gives his Inaugural Address, poet Elizabeth Alexander and the Reverend Dr. Joseph E. Lowery will speak. Then the U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters will perform the national anthem.First Days
On Wednesday, after the speeches, the parade and 10 formal parties (the Inaugural balls), Obama will begin the hard task of leading the nation. He told TIME magazine that he has a long list of goals: helping the economy recover, creating jobs, revitalizing public schools and working with other governments to solve problems. "Two years from now," said Obama, "I want the American people to be able to say, 'I feel like the government's working for me.' "

In the United States, the oath of office for the President of the United States is specified in the U.S. Constitution (Article II, Section 1):

" 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.

The oath may be sworn or affirmed. Although not present in the text of the Constitution, it has become a standard practice for modern presidents to add "so help me God" at the end of the oath.

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