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Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes administering oath of office to Franklin Delano Roosevelt on the east portico of the U.S. Capitol, March 4, 1933

Presidential Inaugurations {format} 8:57 Barrett Golding

The first sound-recording of a presidential inauguration was made in 1925, Calvin Coolidge's ceremony. It was one of the first electrical recordings, using not acoustical horns, but microphones and amplifiers to to capture audio. The inaugural speech of Coolidge's sucessor, Herbert Hoover, was not recorded. President Ford did not have an Inauguration Day, but had memorable moments during his "Remarks On Taking the Oath of Office." So, from their inaugural addresses: Ladies the Gentlemen, the Presidents of the United States…

Broadcast: Jan 19 2009 on NPR Day to Day Subjects: Politics, Public Affairs