1989 Presidential Inauguration, George H. W. Bush
Opening Ceremonies, Capitol, Swearing In

The Smithsonian just uploaded several copyright-free pics of George Bush pere‘s inauguration twenty years ago. I don’t recall watching it on TV, but turnout seems to have been pretty good. Still, I have a sneaking suspicion that Obama’s will be bigger.

I also hope it’ll be a little prettier in DC on Tuesday. Everything looks so bleak and gray in these shots. But then, it was the 80s, and it was Bush, so it kinda comes with the territory.

UPDATE: Actually, there’s a whole set of inauguration pics on the Smithsonian’s Flickr page. Included in the mix: gowns worn by Jackie Kennedy and Julia Dent Grant, which seems kinda random, but also fabulous.

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  1. Anonymous

    This is the first time in my “51 and a half” year old life that I’ve EVER felt like “doing something” or “being with people” on inauguration day. I may bang on a drum with our local samba group on Broadway in Seattle, or join one of the other 200 events that are officially listed. Then again, I may just lay down on my living room floor, in my thermals because it’s cold in Seattle, and revel in the relief and hopefulness. George who? Gu-by Dick… LOveDrury

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