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Inauguration ‘red carpet’ tradition

Jimmy Carter’s walk to White House kicked it off in 1977

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama waving as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House from the Capitol. (Doug Mills/The Associated Press)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama waving as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House from the Capitol. (Doug Mills/The Associated Press)
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WASHINGTON — At some point on Monday’s Inauguration Day, if all goes as expected, the president’s limousine will slow to a stop on its journey down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House. A Secret Service agent will open the rear passenger door, and the newly sworn-in president and the first lady will emerge from his car for a several-minute stroll. The crowd will cheer. Barack Obama will wave. In that moment, Pennsylvania ...


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