The United States was founded in opposition to monarchs, whose coronations are quasi-religious ceremonies heavy on jewels, crowns, robes and scepters.
A president, chosen by the people, from among the people, requires no props other than a plain English Bible and swears allegiance to the Constitution.
It's been that way for 224 years, a tradition that even this least traditional of president-elects wouldn't dare break. (Jerry Adler/Yahoo News)
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