Before he enter on the execution of his office, he shall take the following oath or affirmation:--"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."
The first president, George Washington, was inaugurated at Federal Hall in New York on April 30, 1789. Washington repeated the oath.... Establishing a custom that has been followed by all succeeding presidents, Washington added, “So help me God” at the end.
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