The inauguration of Selina Meyer as the 45th President of the United States was held in a White House state room on January 24, 2016. The inauguration marked the commencement of Meyer's first term (which lasted about a year) as President, following the resignation of President Stuart Hughes.
Resignation of Stuart Hughes Edit
In January 2016, months after announcing he would not run for re-election, Hughes resigned to take care of his sick wife, who had attempted suicide one month earlier. Sitting Vice President Selina Meyer was in New Hampshire at the time, campaigning for the New Hampshire primary, which she would lose days later. Upon finding out that Hughes was resigning, Meyer was flown back to D.C.
Two Inaugurations Edit
Meyer was inaugurated the day after Hughes resigned in a White House state room. However, during her swearing-in, Meyer said "preser... protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States," and she was sworn in the next day at a factory in New Hampshire.
The day after her second inauguration, Meyer lost the New Hampshire primary. One day later, the administration officially moved to the West Wing. Meyer, who was campaigning for President, would end up losing the 2016 presidential election.
Veep has never revealed the specific date that Selina became President. However, there were hints left across the series that can help us infer the date, such as:
- Dan saying in Crate that it's January.
- The footage of Selina's mother in Kissing Your Sister taking a tour of the west wing was dated January 28, 2016. Selina still has her short hair, so it is right around when she was sworn in.
- Richard saying in Library that Selina was in office for less than a year, meaning she was sworn in after January 20th.
If you take all these into consideration, Selina was sworn in between January 21 and 24, 2016. It would make the most sense that Selina was sworn in on the 24th because that would mean the New Hampshire primary, occurring two days later, would be on Tuesday, January 26th. The New Hampshire primary has always historically been held on a Tuesday.