Through a compilation of vignettes, author Jim Bendat chronicles all of Inauguration Days historic events. Democracys Big Day tells stories about the outgoing and incoming presidents who did not get along, the chief justices who improperly administered the presidential oath, the vice president who showed up to the ceremony drunk, and the nine occasions in which the United States had an unplanned and unanticipated inaugurationoften for a nation in mourning.
Democracys Big Day presents a comprehensive history of presidential inaugurationsfrom George Washington through Barack Obama. From the morning White House coffee gathering to the evenings parties, the author provides a captivating look at what is truly democracys biggest day.
About the author
JIM BENDAT is one of the nation’s leading experts on US presidential inauguration history. His works have appeared in the New Republic, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Baltimore Sun. He has been featured as an inaugural historian by all of the major networks in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. Bendat and his wife, Marilyn, have three children. They live in Los Angeles, California.