THE PRESIDENT-ELECT will be inaugurated into office at noon on Jan. 20, 2005. In this ceremony, he will take the executive oath of office found in Article II, Section I, Clause 8 of the Constitution14:

"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 ceremony represents the peaceful transfer of power that has occurred in this country for more than 200 years.

Five presidents were never inaugurated but took the oath of office upon the death or resignation of the president. They are John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, Chester A. Arthur, and Gerald Ford.15

Read inaugural addresses of past U.S. presidents at