Inauguration Souvenir from the Feds

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By on December 30, 2008 in Current Events with 0 Comments

According to the U.S. Constitution, only one thing is required for the inauguration of a president — the oath of office. "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

On January 20, President-Elect Barack Obama will take the oath, becoming America’s 44th president, before delivering his inaugural address.

In observance of the inauguration, the Postal Service is offering a philatelic folio which includes a collectible stamped envelope with silk portraits of Barack Obama and Vice President-Elect Joseph Biden, and a digital color postmark dated January 20, 2009.

The folio also includes photographs of the newly elected president and vice-president and biographical information, a brief history on inaugural tradition and the presidential oath of office.

The commemorative folio is $14.95. Pre-orders are now being accepted at and will be shipped starting Jan. 20, 2009. Official sales begin Jan. 20 at select Post Offices, or by calling 800-STAMP24.

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Marilyn Jones has been a journalist for more than 30 years and is currently a freelance feature writer specializing in travel. Her articles have appeared in major newspapers including the BostonGlobe, Akron Beacon Journal and Chicago Sun-Times as well as regional travel magazines.

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