(Time.Com) By Samantha Grossman
The presidential inauguration is of course a time-honored tradition, but that doesn’t mean it’s the same every single four years. Here’s a look at some lesser-known facts about Obama’s second time at it.
This time around, Obama accepted unlimited donations.
In 2009, he set a cap of $50,000 per donor, according to the Associated Press. But this year, the President accepted much greater sums in exchange for access and perks. A minimum of $250,000 from individuals or $1 million from corporations put donors at the “Washington” level: a primo VIP package that includes four tickets to the inaugural ball, two bleacher seats for the parade and more. (The “Adams” package — achieved with $150,000 donations from individuals or $500,000 donations from corporations — offers two tickets to the ball but none to the parade bleachers.)
Obama will take the oath of office using three different Bibles.
On Sunday, he was sworn in with a Bible that belongs to the First Lady’s family. On Monday, he’ll use two more: the one used by Abraham Lincoln at his first inauguration and another that belonged to Martin Luther King Jr. King often took it with him when he traveled, and he is said to have used it for inspiration while writing sermons and speeches.
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