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Second inauguration of Ronald Reagan

The second inauguration of Ronald Reagan as President of the United States was held privately on Sunday, January 20, 1985 in the Grand Foyer of the White House,[1] and publicly the following day, January 21, 1985 at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The inauguration marked the commencement of the second term of Ronald Reagan as President and of George H. W. Bush as Vice President. It made Reagan the oldest US President to date to be sworn in, being almost 74 years old at his second inauguration.

Second Presidential Inauguration of Ronald Reagan
President Reagan being sworn in for second term in the rotunda at the U.S. Capitol 1985.jpg
Ronald Reagan takes the oath of office for his second term.
DateJanuary 20, 1985; 34 years ago (1985-01-20) (official)
January 21, 1985; 34 years ago (1985-01-21) (public)
LocationWashington, D.C.
Grand Foyer of the White House (private)
United States Capitol (public)
ParticipantsPresident of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan
Assuming office
Chief Justice of the United States,
Warren Earl Burger
Administering oath
Vice President of the United States,
George Herbert Walker Bush
Assuming office
Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States,
Potter Stewart
Administering oath

As the weather outside was harsh, with daytime temperatures of 7 °F (−14 °C) and wind chills of −25 °F (−32 °C), the event organizers were forced to move the public inaugural ceremony, which had been planned for the West Front of the Capitol, inside to the Capitol Rotunda.[2][3][4] There, as they had the day before officially, Chief Justice Warren E. Burger administered the presidential oath of office to Reagan, and former Associate Justice Potter Stewart administered the vice presidential oath to Bush. Jessye Norman sang Simple Gifts from Aaron Copland's Old American Songs at the ceremony.[5]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Putzel, Michael (January 21, 1985). "Inaugural put on ice". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. p. A1.
  2. ^ Hunt, Terence (January 21, 1985). "Reagan sees 'a new America'". Free Lance-Star. (Fredericksburg, Virginia). Associated Press. p. 1.
  3. ^ "Reagan: Peace with mighty defense". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. January 22, 1985. p. A1.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-10-06. Retrieved 2018-03-26. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "The 50th Presidential Inauguration, Ronald W. Reagan, January 21, 1985". U.S. Senate. Retrieved January 3, 2017.

External linksEdit

  1. ^ Currently a re-direct to the George Washington article
  2. ^ Currently a re-direct to the George Washington article