George Washington took the Presidential Oath of Office on April 30, 1789 on the balcony of Federal Hall, New York City. A crowd was assembled in the streets, on the rooftops, and out of windows to welcome their new President. Afterwards, Washington went inside to the Senate Chamber and gave his Inaugural Address before a joint session of Congress.

There is a myth of Washington adding the phrase "So help me God" and kissing the Bible. There is no solid evidence to prove that he added to Article II, Section 1, Clause 8 of the Constitution:

"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."

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On March 4, 1793 Washington was inaugurated for a second term in Philadelphia. He delivered the shortest Inaugural Address ever of 135 words.

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