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Invitation to Inauguration

Today in the Word, April 12, 1992

Given the many details which a presidential inaugural committee must cope with, mistakes are inevitable. So it was that Franklin Delano Roosevelt received an invitation to his own January 20, 1937 presidential inauguration! Through the White House social bureau, he solemnly sent word that the press of official business would keep him away. Then, relenting, he sent a further note in his own handwriting: "I have rearranged my engagements and think I may be able to go. Will know definitely January 19. F.D.R."