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Free Inauguration Day Clip Art

Updated on June 21, 2013

For those in the media -- and these days that includes hordes of bloggers -- having good images to go with significant events can be a bonus. That's why I created the United States Inauguration Day clip art that you'll find further down on this page. There's a little something for everyone here, whether you want to just announce the date of the inauguration in conjunction with an article, have generic presidential inauguration images or declare your support for the winner with the "Hail to the Chief" images.

When I first created this page in 2008, like everyone else I didn't know who would win. But I figured if the poll on my Barack Obama clip art hub was any indication, it would be Barack Obama. Interestingly, there had been very little fluctuation in the poll percentages until it got close to election day. Obama had been leading between eight and 10 percentage points up until the week before the election, when the gap began the candidates began to shrink. Then on November 4th he and John McCain became neck-and-neck with 50 percent each. Thankfully, we now know the outcome, so the guessing and polling -- and all those political ads -- can end.

2013 Inauguration Day Clip Art

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Instructions for Downloading the Inauguration Clip Art

Choose a small version of any of the clip art images above the large image. When you click on one of the images, it will appear larger. Once you've chosen an image and see it larger, double-click on the larger image, which will make the best version of the art appear.

Then, if you have a PC, just right-click and save the final version of the artwork to your hard drive. If you have a Mac, use control-click to save.

The photos are either in the public domain or from the Barack Obama 2008 campaign Web site, so you're free to use them. Please use the credit information provided.

Barack Obama and Archival Inauguration Photos

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This  photo has been verified by the Library of Congress to be of President Lincoln's second inauguration on March 4, 1865.
This photo has been verified by the Library of Congress to be of President Lincoln's second inauguration on March 4, 1865.
Fireworks over the White House on the eve of President Bush's second inauguration in 2005. Credit: U.S. Navy public domain photo by Journalist 2nd Class Mark O'Donald
Fireworks over the White House on the eve of President Bush's second inauguration in 2005. Credit: U.S. Navy public domain photo by Journalist 2nd Class Mark O'Donald
The swearing-in ceremony of President George W. Bush at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 20, 2005. Credit: White House public domain photo taken by Paul Morse
The swearing-in ceremony of President George W. Bush at the U.S. Capitol Jan. 20, 2005. Credit: White House public domain photo taken by Paul Morse
The Inaugural Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue past the President's reviewing stand in front of the White House on January 20, 2005. Credit: White House public domain photo
The Inaugural Parade down Pennsylvania Avenue past the President's reviewing stand in front of the White House on January 20, 2005. Credit: White House public domain photo

Resources for Writers and Students

How to Use the President's Name

Capitalization

People commonly believe that "president" should be capitalized at all times. According to the Chicago Manual of Style, however, that's not correct. The title is only capitalized when it appears before the president's name:

Correct: President Obama or the president

Incorrect: president Obama or the President

Exceptions to this rule:

Exception number 1: When "President" is used alone and in place of a personal name (such as during a toast or formal introduction, or when used in direct address), it should be capitalized:

Correct: Thank you, Mr. President.

Incorrect: Thank you, Mr. president.

Exception number 2: When a title is used before the president's name, and isn't part of the name but is instead a descriptive tag (often including "the"), it is lowercased.

Correct: former presidents Reagan and Clinton or the on-the-move president Bush

Incorrect: former Presidents Reagan and Clinton or the on-the-move President Bush

Note that both first and last names may be used after a title (e.g., President Jimmy Carter), but that's generally avoided in formal writing. Using that example, President Carter would be the preferred style. An exception to this would be when people with the same name have held the office, as in the case of George Bush and George W. Bush. "President George W. Bush" is generally used to differentiate the son from the father, so it's appropriate to use his full name.

Capitalization reference list

Here's a list of titles with correct capitalization:

  • the president
  • Mr. President
  • George Washington, first president of the United States
  • President Obama
  • the former president Washington
  • the presidency
  • presidential
  • the vice president
  • Mr. Vice President
  • Vice President Biden
  • Joseph Biden, vice president of the United States
  • vice-presidential duties

When to use the official title

Once the president's name has been mentioned, it no longer needs to be written again in the same document, article, etc.

Correct: President Bush will attend the Inauguration Day festivities of the incoming president. Due to protocol, Bush will come bearing gifts befitting the occasion.

Incorrect: President Bush will attend the Inauguration Day festivities of the incoming president. Due to protocol, President Bush will come bearing gifts befitting the occasion.

The President's Oath of Office

The United States will swear in Barack Obama as its 44th president at noon on January 20, 2009, which will be two weeks after votes from the Electoral College are certified by the Senate president. Our new president will take this oath:

"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."

Inauguration Day History

The first Inauguration Day ceremony was conducted for George Washington on April 30, 1789 in New York City. Inauguration Day used to be held on March 4, until the ratification of the 20th amendment to the U.S. Constitution making a potentially very cold day in January the day of choice. The 20th amendment is often called the "Lame Duck Amendment," because it reduces the amount of time that an outgoing president could be a "lame duck" and continue to serve before his successor takes office.

In1953, the United States Congress began the tradition of hosting a luncheon following the inaugural ceremony, with the president and vice president as guests of honor. This occasion is the only time that the president, vice president and both houses of Congress convene at the same location, other than state funerals, State of the Union addresses and Red Mass (a mass celebrated by the Roman Catholic Church for judges, attorneys, law school professors, students and government officials).

Inauguration Day Fun Facts

  • George Washington gave the shortest inaugural address in history. It was a mere 135 words.
  • Abraham Lincoln was the first president to include African-Americans in his 1865 inaugural parade. It took another 52 years for women to be included, as they finally were when Woodrow Wilson had his second inaugural parade in 1917.
  • Ronald Reagan's 1981 inauguration fell on the warmest Inaugural Day in history, with temperatures reaching 55 degrees F in Washington D.C. He then broke another record by having his 1985 inauguration on the coldest day in inaugural history; it was 7 degrees.
  • In 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt became the last president to be inaugurated in March. Like Reagan, he was a double record-breaker, because he was also the first president to be inaugurated in January.
  • When January 20 comes on a Sunday, the president-elect usually takes the oath of office privately and then repeats the ceremony in public the following day.That was not the case, however, with incoming president Zachary Taylor. He refused to take the oath on Inauguration Day in 1849 because it fell on a Sunday. He took the oath one day later on March 5.
  • Solar heat was used to heat the reviewing stand for Jimmy Carter's 1977 inaugural parade.
  • Bill Clinton was the first president to have his inauguration broadcast over the Internet.

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      sunshine 8 years ago

      I love resources for writers that allow us to use photographs and art. Thanks for the hub!

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      Carla Chadwick 8 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      You're welcome, sunshine!

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      Sterling Sage 8 years ago from California

      Great resource. Thanks!

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      Carla Chadwick 8 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Thanks, Sterling!

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      ellie estrada 8 years ago

      You are brillant Sterling! Thanks for the site.

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      10s088 8 years ago

      i love learning about history!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Deepak Babu Thomas 8 years ago

      Done a great job'Sterling.

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      NATE 8 years ago

      HE WON THAT IS COOOOOL!

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      deathbymelons 8 years ago

      lets just see how obama turns out shall we? well there isn't very much more he can do because our economy sucks anyway...

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      deathbymelons 8 years ago

      he might turn out ok but we'll see...

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      deathbymelons  8 years ago

      who is sterling anyway like does he/she own this site?

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      Carla Chadwick 8 years ago from Georgia, y'all

      Sterling doesn't own this site or even this page. (HubPages is a community blogging site.) I created this page and thanked someone named Sterling above for his comment. The person who left a comment after that thought he created the page, and it went on from there.

      As for your comments about Obama, you're right; we'll have to see. But he's off to a good start by freezing wages in the White House and putting mechanisms in place to allow the common man to provide input into his decisions. I thought that was pretty good for a first day's work. 

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      SoManyPaths 6 years ago from West Coast USA

      where's the one with him smoking a cig?

      I just saw another one(possibly) where he is in a rap video, so they say. I doubt it

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      agha gardezi 6 years ago

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