When is the President Inaugurated?

Since the passage of the 20th Amendment in 1933, the President is inaugurated at noon on January 20. Originally, the Constitution stated that the President was to be inaugurated on March 4. This left a very long period between Election day and the day that the President took office. At the time the Constitution was written, this was probably necessary, since the President had to pack all of the First Lady’s bags for the long trip to DC (and who knows how many horses and buggies THAT took) but in modern days, the gap is not necessary and in fact, leads to a lot of problems. Look here for more information: