U.S. Presidential Inaugurations

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Seen from behind, Ronald Reagan approaches the podium at the edge of the temporary seating platform at the U.S. Capitol during his first inauguration. The 1981 ceremony was the first presidential inauguration to take place on the west front of the Capitol. Here, a press platform stands just in front of the presidential podium, and the Washington monument stands tall in the distance.

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—Photograph courtesy Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division
 
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