A look at presidential inaugurations -- from FDR to Obama

Jan. 20, 1989 -- George H. W. Bush is sworn in as the 41st president of the United States by Chief Justice William Rehnquist. First Lady Barbara Bush holds the Bible for her husband as his predecessor, President Ronald Reagan looks on. (AP file) (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

Matt Jaworowski, Media General National Desk – (MEDIA GENERAL) -- Cut through the pomp and circumstance, and the presidential inauguration is a powerful moment. A peaceful transfer of power to the next leader of the free world.

Take a look at some of the frills through this historic photo gallery, including iconic moments and stately fashion trends.