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Like Washington before them, all presidents have delivered an inaugural address. These speeches have been broadcast since 1925, when a national radio audience listened to President Calvin Coolidge’s address, and televised since President Harry S. Truman’s address in 1949. President Bill Clinton was the first to have his speech broadcast live on the Internet in 1997.

After the inaugural, the outgoing president departs the Capitol to resume his private life, a tradition that began with President Theodore Roosevelt, who went to Union Station and took a train home to New York after congratulating the new president, William Howard Taft.

Outgoing presidents Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower, and Lyndon B. Johnson left for home by car. Since then, the former president’s departure has involved a good deal more pomp and circumstance.

“In recent years, the newly installed president and vice president have escorted their predecessors out of the Capitol after the swearing-in ceremony,” according to the inaugural committee. “The members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies gather on the stairs on the East Front of the Capitol. The new vice president escorts the outgoing vice president and his spouse out of the Capitol through a military cordon. Then, the new president escorts the outgoing president and his spouse through the military cordon.”

President Gerald R. Ford embellished the tradition when he and his wife, Betty, left by means of military helicopter, a practice used by every departing president since, weather permitting.

The heavy lifting of the inauguration thus completed, the newly sworn-in president and vice president attend a luncheon sponsored by the inaugural committee. Afterward, tradition calls for the president, vice president and their families to make their way down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House for the inaugural parade.

In 1873, Grant began the tradition of reviewing the parade from the White House. President Warren G. Harding became the first to ride in the parade in 1921, and President Jimmy Carter broke with precedent by walking in the parade with wife Rosalynn and daughter Amy in 1977, a practice that failed to catch on with his successors.

In 1809, first lady Dolley Madison started the tradition of holding an inaugural ball the night of the swearing-in. The location and number of balls have varied, and they almost died out with the election of President Woodrow Wilson, who nixed the inaugural ball, calling it frivolous and unnecessary.

Harding followed his example by holding a private party instead of a ball. The next three presidents held simpler charity balls, and it looked as though the inaugural ball might fade into extinction until it was rescued in 1949 by Truman.

Thus revived, the balls increased in number before reaching a high of 14, with the 1997 inauguration of Mr. Clinton. The most recent inauguration, that of President George W. Bush in 2005, saw nine balls.