Harding utilized the bible George Washington used at his swearing in. This was the first time an automobile had been used in an Inaugural ceremony, driving President Wilson and President-Elect Harding to the Capitol.
Later-President Coolidge would criticize the inauguration: "I was struck by the lack of order and formality that prevailed." Coolidge was sworn in as Vice President in the Senate Chamber and on the east portico of the Capitol, respectively, which he believed ruined "all semblance of unity and continuity." Critic H. L. Menken went further, describing Harding's inaugural address itself thus: "It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash. But I grow lyrical."
The 1921 Committee of Inaugural Ceremonies consisted of:
*Sen. Philander C. Knox (R-PA)-Chairman
*Sen. Knute Nelson (R-MN)
*Sen. Lee Slater Overman (D-NC)
*Rep. Joseph Gurney Cannon (R-IL)
*Rep. Charles F. Reavis (R-NE)
*Rep. Charles Manly Stedman (D-NC)-Replaced Rep. William W. Rucker (D-MO) who resigned from the Joint Committee.