THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
Statement by the Press Secretary
The White House and the Congressional Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies today announced the program for the inauguration ceremony of President Clinton to his second term.
The nation's 53rd quadrennial inaugural ceremony will take place on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 1997.
Participants in the program include: the Reverend Billy Graham; Reverend Gardner C. Taylor, Pastor Emeritus of the Concord Baptist Church of Christ, Brooklyn, N.Y.; internationally acclaimed opera star Jessye Norman; poet Miller Williams; singer Santita Jackson; the Resurrection Choir, composed of adult members of ten houses of worship destroyed in the past year by arson, which performed at the Democratic National Convention earlier this year; the Children of the Gospel: The Next Generation, a youth choir from the Washington, D.C. area; the Immanuel Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra of Little Rock; and the United States Marine Band.
At noon, the President will be sworn in for his second term, as he was four years ago, by Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist. Vice President Gore will be administered the Oath of Office by Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.
The program, which begins at 11:30 a.m., is as follows:
PRELUDE United States Marine Band, & The President's Own
CALL TO ORDER/ The Honorable John Warner WELCOMING REMARKS United States Senator, Virginia
INVOCATION The Reverend Billy Graham
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
MUSICAL SELECTION Children of the Gospel Choir: The Next Generation
THE VICE PRESIDENTIAL Administered by the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
OATH OF OFFICE Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States MUSICAL SELECTION Jessye Norman INTRODUCTION OF The Honorable Wendell H. Ford THE PRESIDENT United States Senator, Kentucky THE PRESIDENTIAL Administered by the Honorable William H. Rehnquist OATH OF OFFICE The Chief Justice of the United States INAUGURAL ADDRESS The President MUSICAL SELECTION Immanuel Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra SELECTION Miller Williams BENEDICTION Reverend Gardner Taylor
THE NATIONAL ANTHEM Santita Jackson and The Resurrection Choir