In 1981 and 1985, it was George H.W. Bush as vice president to Ronald Reagan, followed four years later by Bush as president. In 1993, with Bush looking on, Bill Clinton took the oath as president and again four years later in 1997. Then, a departing Clinton took to the inaugural platform in 2001 as George W. Bush was sworn in. Bush had a second inauguration in 2005 and then witnessed the inauguration four years later, in 2009, of Barack Obama.
While Bill Clinton may not have been in the front row during Obama’s second inaugural on Monday, Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, did join lawmakers and other dignitaries on the inaugural platform. Former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, also attended the ceremonies at the Capitol’s west front.
Associated Press writers Nancy Benac, Seth Borenstein, Alan Fram, Philip Elliott, Mesfin Fekadu, Kevin Freking, Jessica Gresko and Stacy A. Anderson contributed to this report.