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Departure of the Outgoing President - Presidential Inauguration
United States President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush and former President Bill Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton exit the Capitol building following the presidential inauguration ceremony.
Once the new president and vice-president have been sworn in, the outgoing president and first lady leave the Capitol. Over time, the procedures around this departure have changed. In recent years, the outgoing vice-president and his wife are escorted by the new vice-president and his wife through a military cordon. Then the outgoing president and his wife are escorted by the new president and first lady. Since 1977, they have departed from the capitol by helicopter.