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January 18, 2009

Inaugural history: Wilson on the verge of war


Prior to Vice-President Marshall's taking the oath in the senate all the cabinet came in and sat beside President Wilson, this dispelling reports of possible cabinet changes. It is the custom for the president to bring only those who will serve in the coming term.

Marshall is the first vice-president to succeed himself since the present elective system was adopted.

Just before President Wilson began his address some one in the crowd started singing "America." The strains were taken up in a mighty chorus resounding over the assemblage. President Wilson smiled.

A cold, strong wind made it impossible for many away from the stand to hear the president speak. He began speaking with his head bared, but put on his hat owing to the cold wind. Many others stood bareheaded.

Prolonging cheers followed the completion of the address.

The crowd was more orderly than usual at inaugurals, the police having no trouble to keep them from pushing to the stand.

The president's carriage was drawn by four horses. Senators Overman and Smith of Georgia rode with President Wilson and his wife. The carriage was entirely surrounded by troops, police and secret service men.

During the march back to the White House people in the reviewing stands rose and cheered the president like fans at a baseball game.

President Wilson made his second inaugural today the occasion for announcing a new world policy for the United States of "co-operation in the wide and universal forces of mankind."

Declaring there are "many things to be done at home," the president added:

"But we realize that the greatest things that remain to be done must be done with the world for a stage. They will follow in the immediate wake of war itself and will get civilization up again.

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