Watch Gov. John Kasich’s Inaugural Address

January 12, 2015


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Inaugural History

AMERICA AND OHIO’S history can be counted in a long continuum of new beginnings, public celebrations called inaugurations.  The peaceful, orderly transfer of power from one elected official to the next is the hallmark of our democratic republic. Inaugurations can also be times to celebrate renewal and recommitment to important aims that strengthen our communities.

George Washington became our nation’s first president on April 30th, 1789 when he swore to the oath of office upon the balcony of New York City’s Federal Hall.  (Hand on the Bible, he thought to add the words “so help me God,” to the Constitution’s prescribed promise, an added personal commitment chief executives have repeated ever since.)  His inaugural was a sparkling, grand affair—the fulfillment of a newly independent people set on governing themselves.

Some subsequent presidential inaugurals have been low-key while others have been raucous or prescient, imbued with a sense of history in the making.  Thomas Jefferson, after a contentious election, used his inaugural address to call for a common purpose shared by all Americans regardless of political party.

In Ohio, too, first and second inaugurations of governors have been occasions for celebrations, times to reflect upon both the state’s strengths and moments when challenges can require a recommitment to an important course.  When John Kasich was sworn-in as Ohio’s 69th Governor four years ago, we celebrated a new day in Ohio. As Governor Kasich takes the gubernatorial oath for the second time, we begin another new day in our great state and one more link is forged in a chain of chief executives that goes back to Governor Edward Tiffin at the dawn of Ohio Statehood in 1803.