Pop quiz: "Hail, Columbia" is the official anthem of which office within the United States Government?
If you answered the office of the Vice President, you are correct! Just like "Hail to the Chief," "Hail, Columbia" is preceded by four ruffles and flourishes upon the Vice President's appearance.
The song was actually composed for then-first-term president George Washington by Philip Phile in 1789. Lyrics were added by Joseph Hopkinson in 1798, and the song served as a de facto national anthem until the "Star Spangled Banner" was officially declared in 1931.
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