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Inauguration Day may be a prim and proper celebration today, but the affair was more raucous in days gone by when the White House was open to the public for the president to greet visitors personally. On Andrew Jackson's Inauguration Day in 1829, the White House was thronged by so many well-wishers that Jackson himself hid out at a nearby hotel while White House staff diverted the unruly crowd to the lawn for orange cocktails.
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