If the inaugural events that take place at The Capitol seem orderly despite an anticipated crowd of 800,000, that’s because months of painstaking preparation went into making sure the president’s inauguration goes off without a hitch. A committee of people have mapped out, in advance, everything from the two bibles on which the president will place his hand to the platform where he will stand to make his speech. In fact, platform construction at the U.S. Capitol began in September — months before Americans even knew who would stand on stage to take the oath. The result is a carefully crafted event and a meticulously constructed stage to cater to the pomp and circumstance of ushering the commander-in-chief in to his new term.

Roll over the dots on this interactive photo to see details, videos and photos from the presidential inauguration.


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