President Nixon, VP Agnew sworn in for second terms 40 years ago this hour (1973)


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(Saturday, January 20, 1973, 12:01 p.m. EST) — President Richard M. Nixon took the oath of office today for a second term as the 37th President of the United States at the East Portico of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

Just nine minutes earlier, at 11:52 a.m. EST, Spiro T. Agnew was sworn in for a second term as the 39th Vice President of the United States.

The Nixon-Agnew ticket had defeated Democrats George McGovern and Sargent Shriver by 520-17 votes in the Electoral College.

In his inaugural address, Nixon promised to substitute stern self-reliance for the government’s “condescending policies of paternalism” at home and abroad, declaring that “America was not built by government, but by the people — not by welfare, but by work –not by shirking responsibility, but by seeking responsibility.”

Later, during Nixon’s triumphant ride down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House at the head of the inaugural parade, about 100 jeering Vietnam War protesters massed at an intersection a block away from the Treasury and tossed apples, oranges and other debris in the direction of the president’s limousine. The president and Mrs. Nixon were not hit


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