On a rare occasion, a new President of the United States is sworn in 5 minutes after the appointed time!
Other minor flubs:
- The swearing in — fumbling on ‘faithfully’
- The inaugural speech — 43, 44 oaths.
- Inaugural parade — an hour behind
A shadow is cast by Ted Kennedy’s collapse during the congressional luncheon, but the proceedings generally go without a hitch. Mercury retrograde needn’t always mean chaos, especially if there has been thorough and careful preparation beforehand, almost an understatement given the logistics of the event!