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President Ford throws out the first ball of the Texas Rangers 1976 season at Arlington Stadium on April 9, 1976. Ford capped off the first day of a two-day campaign trip to Texas by attending the opening day game between the Rangers and the Minnesota Twins. Before the start of the game he threw two balls to Texas catcher Jim Sundberg from his seat in a box alongside the home team’s dugout. 
Although Ford wrote with his left hand he threw with his right, a fact that surprised the press pool. Due to the demands of his schedule President Ford left after the first inning. At his press conference the next morning he said of his trip so far he had “one regret, I wish I could have stayed and watched the Rangers win that ball game last night.” They beat the Twins 2-1 in 11 innings.
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 Text and image from the Ford Presidential Library Facebook page (A9187-15A / ARC Identifier 6829632)

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From the National Archives:

President Ford throws out the first ball of the Texas Rangers 1976 season at Arlington Stadium on April 9, 1976.

Ford capped off the first day of a two-day campaign trip to Texas by attending the opening day game between the Rangers and the Minnesota Twins. Before the start of the game he threw two balls to Texas catcher Jim Sundberg from his seat in a box alongside the home team’s dugout.

Although Ford wrote with his left hand he threw with his right, a fact that surprised the press pool.

Due to the demands of his schedule President Ford left after the first inning. At his press conference the next morning he said of his trip so far he had “one regret, I wish I could have stayed and watched the Rangers win that ball game last night.” They beat the Twins 2-1 in 11 innings.

Want more Presidents and baseball? Download our new free eBook, “Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives.”


Text and image from the Ford Presidential Library Facebook page (A9187-15A / ARC Identifier 6829632
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Our constitution says the President is to be inaugurated on January 20, but this year’s ceremony is on January 21. Here’s why.

Bo Inspects the 2012 White House Holiday Decorations

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Bo makes a final inspection of the 2012 White House Christmas decorations before we open the doors to an expected 90,000 visitors who will be coming to the People’s House this holiday season.

Learn more about holidays at the White House.

How to Participate in the 2013 Inauguration

Inauguration Day is the day when the President-elect and Vice President-elect swear in and take office. It occurs every four years on January 20. This year, since January 20 is a Sunday, the public swearing-in ceremony will take place on Monday, January 21.

Here’s how you can be involved in this year’s inauguration:

Tickets for Swearing-in Ceremony


A limited amount of tickets for the inaugural swearing-in ceremonies are available free of charge from your senators and representatives. Tickets will be made available about a week before the event. Contact your senator or representative for more information.

The only place you can get these tickets is from your elected officials, and the tickets are free. Any other person or website trying to sell you tickets is likely a scam.

You can watch the inauguration without a ticket from the National Mall.

Presidential Inauguration Parade


After the swearing-in and inaugural luncheon, a Presidential Inauguration Parade occurs for the President and Vice President. The event includes a procession of military units, citizen groups, marching bands, and floats.

Parade participants are selected by the Presidential Inaugural Committee. Marching bands, mounted units and other performers wishing to participate can find can apply online.

The inauguration parade is open to the public and is on television.

Inaugural Balls


Inaugural balls honor the President and Vice President. The Presidential Inaugural Committee organizes official balls, and some state societies also sponsor balls. Tickets are required to attend most official inaugural balls, but some organizations hold unofficial events that are open to the general public.

Learn more about the 2013 inauguration and how you can participate.

Image description: President Obama “pardoned” Cobbler the turkey during today’s National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation.
Cobbler was born in Rockingham Country, Virginia and weighs over 40 pounds. He craves cranberries, is known for his strut, and enjoys the music of Carly Simon.
After the event, Cobbler will travel to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. He will reside in a custom-made enclosure at Mount Vernon’s nationally recognized livestock facility.
If you want to learn more about the origin of the turkey pardon, read the White House’s Definitive History of the Presidential Turkey Pardon.

Image description: President Obama “pardoned” Cobbler the turkey during today’s National Thanksgiving Turkey Presentation.

Cobbler was born in Rockingham Country, Virginia and weighs over 40 pounds. He craves cranberries, is known for his strut, and enjoys the music of Carly Simon.

After the event, Cobbler will travel to George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens. He will reside in a custom-made enclosure at Mount Vernon’s nationally recognized livestock facility.

If you want to learn more about the origin of the turkey pardon, read the White House’s Definitive History of the Presidential Turkey Pardon.