First Day on the Job

Today is our 45th President’s first day on the job as President of the United States of America. Hancock International College is excited to see what kind of positive changes might come from President Trump and his administration, and our ESL students were all asking about the inauguration ceremony and what it’s all about. I wanted to briefly share what I found online about the presidential inauguration to enlighten everyone about what today is all about.

“The First Inauguration gave rise to many traditions that continue today. For example, President Washington followed his swearing-in with an Inaugural Address, a special speech written for the occasion…Thomas Jefferson was the first to be sworn in as President in Washington, D.C., the location chosen for the permanent capital and the site of all but a handful of Inaugural ceremonies. At Jefferson’s second Inauguration he rode on horseback from the Capitol to the President’s House (the name then used for the White House) amid music and a spontaneous gathering of mechanics from the nearby Navy Yard – a procession that grew into today’s Inaugural Parade. Jefferson’s second Inauguration also began the tradition of the Inaugural Open House, when the executive mansion was opened to all who wished to greet the President after his swearing-in. The popularity of the Open House would later cause our seventh President, Andrew Jackson, to flee through a window after a mob of well-wishers stormed the White House, ruining furniture and breaking china in their eagerness to see him. In 1865, despite growing concern about safety, Abraham Lincoln shook some 6,000 hands after his second Inauguration. President Grover Cleveland, realizing that the White House could no longer accommodate such crowds, instead held a review of the troops from a flag-draped grandstand just outside, adding another element to the Inaugural Parade.” (clinton4.nara.gov)

“The inauguration has been a key event at the start of each presidency since George Washington first took office. Since then, certain features have remained fairly constant, such as the oath and the inaugural address. Other aspects, such as the date, have changed. Inauguration Day was originally March 4 until the ratification of the 20th Amendment, which switched the date to January 20, except in years such as this one when that date falls on a Sunday. In these cases, the president is sworn in with a private ceremony on Sunday and then takes a public oath on the next day. The event has changed with the times in some ways and held to tradition in others.” (historynewsnetwork.org)

Idiom of the Day

(To Have) a Trump Card

Meaning: An advantage that makes you more likely to succeed than other people, especially something that other people do not know about.

Usage notes: In card games a trump card is one of a set of cards which have been chosen to have the highest value during the game.

Example: The fact that I had an Italian parent turned out to be my trump card when I applied for the job. Anthea was about to play her trump card – none of the money could be released without her signature.