Tampa, Fla. - For all the mudslinging and politicking on the presidential stage between the neck-and-neck Obama and Romney campaigns, one thing is for sure: Somebody will have to step on the Capitol steps January 21, 2013 to give his Inaugural Address.
With that in mind, the Architect of the Capitol Thursday announced that construction on the Inauguration stage just below the Capitol Dome will begin Monday, September 10. But changes are already coming to the lower terrace. Fencing is being erected around the area that faces the Washington Monument
According to the Architect's office, the swearing in occurs a day later than the normal January 20 because that is a Sunday. It's just the seventh time in U.S. history that Inauguration Day has fallen on a Sunday.
Another historical note about the upcoming Inauguration: It's the second time that it has fallen on the federal holiday of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The first occurred on former President Clinton's second inauguration in 1997.
Changing the date took an act of Congress--literally. S. Con. Res. 35 established January 21, 2013, as the official date for the Inaugural.