Inauguration Day, which takes place on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009 this election cycle, is the day on which the president-elect and the vice president-elect are sworn in and officially take office. The following oath of office is traditionally administered at noon by the Chief Justice of the United States on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.:
"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."
Immediately following the oath, four ruffles and flourishes and "Hail to the Chief" are played, followed by a 21-gun salute. The President then delivers an inaugural address, which is meant to set the tone for the new administration.
Click on the links below to find out more about Inauguration Day 2009 and the history of the event.