Presidential Inauguration: Barack Obama to be sworn in for second term
After claiming victory in November's presidential election, President Barack Obama is due to be sworn in today to start his second term as the most powerful person in the world. Follow live updates on the event below.
21 Jan. 2013 9:00 ESTAP Coverage: Welcome to 2013 Presidential Inauguration LiveIt's the second time around for President Barack Obama, and while the festivities are being scaled back somewhat, the ritual pageantry behind one of America's most time-honored traditions will be on full display today. Hundreds of thousands of politicians, entertainers and citizens will be flocking to Washington, D.C., to help Obama celebrate his swearing-in ceremony as the nation's 44th president.The sun rises behind the Capitol Dome early in the morning before the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 8:52 AM
And The Associated Press is there. We're providing real-time coverage in words, photos, sounds, video, interactive and graphics of the 57th presidential inauguration, featuring AP reporters and editors, that will put readers in the middle of the story as it develops. Expect analysis, context, color, facts, behind-the-scenes insight and historical content.
Today's coverage will provide a look at what lies ahead as Obama enters his second term and how it will differ from the first. The message then was one of hope and unity , but the last four years have seen a bitterly divided nation come to the fore. We'll be highlighting the old, including photos of many past inaugurations, as well as the new, such as the president's official inauguration playlist, and everything in between. For the latest and most comprehensive coverage of the 2013 presidential inauguration, stay tuned.
21 Jan. 9:03 a.m. ESTSchedule of inaugural events:
Capitol Hill, 11:20 a.m. ESTby Jaime Holguin on Jan 18, 2013 at 5:27 PM
The order of the program:
- Marine BandS.Musical selections: The U.; Lee University Festival Choir, Cleveland, Tenn.Y. 22, Staten Island, N.S.Musical selections: P.Y. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Call to order and welcoming remarks: Sen.Invocation: Myrlie Evers-WilliamsMusical selection: Brooklyn Tabernacle ChoirOath of office administered to Vice President Biden: Associate Justice Sonia SotomayorMusical selection: James TaylorOath of office administered to President Obama: Chief Justice John RobertsInaugural address: President ObamaMusical selection: Kelly ClarksonPoem: Richard Blanco John's Church, Washington Luis Leon of St.Benediction: the Rev.The National Anthem: BeyoncéInaugural Parade
Viewing stands and bleachers are lined along Pennsylvania Avenue, 2:35 p.m. EST
The Obamas and Bidens participate in a parade featuring floats and vehicles representing about 60 groups.
The Commander in Chief's Inaugural Ball
Washington Convention Center, 6 p.m. EST
The gala honors service members and their families.
The Inaugural Ball
Washington Convention Center, Halls A/B/C, 6:30 p.m. EST
Washington Convention Center, Halls D/E, doors open 7 p.m. EST
21 Jan. 9:05 a.m. ESTInaugural enthusiasm high, but ...
The mood of this 57th inauguration will be tempered by the:
- weak economy
- high unemployment
- aftermath of the Connecticut elementary school shooting
- war in Afghanistan - expected to require U.S. combat forces through the end of next year
21 Jan. 9:10 a.m. ESTObama sworn in for 2nd term in private ceremony, as required by lawIn the briefest of ceremonies Sunday, with family gathered in the White House, Obama took the oath of office shortly before noon, as required by law. With his left hand on a family bible held by first lady Michelle Obama, the 44th president raised his right hand and repeated the time-honored words read out by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.Obama took the oath in the White House Blue Room Sunday where portraits of Presidents John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and John Tyler grace the walls. He placed a hand on a Bible held by his wife. His daughters stood nearby.by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 12:06 AM
The intimate swearing-in met the legal requirement that presidents officially take office on Jan. 20. Because that date fell on a Sunday this year, the traditional public ceremonies surrounding the start of a president's term were put off to Monday, which coincides this year with the birthday of revered civil rights leader Martin Luther King.
21 Jan. 9:17 a.m. ESTInauguration by the numbers: From 4 miles of snow fencing to 10,000 eggs
About 600,000 to 800,000 people are expected on the National Mall when Obama is sworn in for his second term, D.C. officials say — far fewer than the 1.8 million who huddled in the cold in 2009 to see the nation's first black president say the oath. Still, it's a massive undertaking that will bring the city to a virtual standstill.by Jaime Holguin on Jan 18, 2013 at 3:59 PM
A look at the numbers:
- 4: Miles of snow fencing erected outside the Capitol.
- 147: Horses participating in the inaugural parade.
- 1,000: Gallons of chili being prepared for the week by Ben's Chili Bowl, the landmark diner Obama visited before his inauguration in January 2009.
- 1,100: Portable toilets to be available along the parade route.
- 10,000: Eggs that chefs at the Willard InterContinental Hotel will use during the week. Enjoy a little cheddar in your omelet? The hotel will have 600 pounds of cheese on hand.
21 Jan. 9:25 a.m. ESTFirst lady wears Thom Browne coat and dress for 2nd inauguralFirst lady Michelle Obama is greeted by Rev. Luis Leon at St. John's
Church in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, as the first family arrived
for a church service during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)by Kellen Henry edited by Jaime Holguin 9:22 AM
First lady Michelle Obama is wearing a navy Thom Browne coat and dress.The fabric for the first lady's Inauguration Day attire was developed based on the style of a man's silk tie. The belt she is wearing is from J.Crew and her earrings are designed by Cathy Waterman. She is also wearing J.Crew shoes.
At the end of the inaugural festivities, the outfit and accompanying accessories will go to the National Archives.
It's all about fashion at #inauguration2013. My Standard piece today http://www.standard.co.uk/news/world/letter-from-washington-potus-flotus-and-an-oath-ceremony-thats-only-for-show-8460186.htmlby David Usborne via twitter 1/21/2013 2:35:36 PM
21 Jan. 9:36 a.m. EST"The President's Pew" at St. John's Episcopal ChurchSt. John's Episcopal Church, across Lafayette Park from the White House, where President Barack Obama and his family will worship before the public inauguration ceremony, is known as "The Church of the Presidents." Since its first service in October 1816, every U.S president has attended a regular or occasional service.by Kellen Henry on Jan 21, 2013 at 9:03 AMPew 54 is known as "The President's Pew" and is reserved for the president whenever he attends. Located across from the White House on the other side of Lafayette Park, Obama and his family attend services there occasionally.Stain glass window in the interior of St. John's Church in Washington on April 30, 2002by Kellen Henry on Jan 21, 2013 at 9:29 AMJames Madison is the president who chose pew 54, which is about halfway back in the church. There is an 18th-century prayer book in the pew that many presidents have autographed.AP's Darlene Superville and Jim Kuhnhenn report Madison's wife, Dolly, was baptized and confirmed at the church. It was built in 1816 by Benjamin Latrobe, the architect who also worked on the Capitol and the White House.
Inauguration security measures21 Jan. 9:49 a.m. ESTA large crowd waits to be screened by security. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones)by Caleb Jones on Jan 21, 2013 at 9:31 AM
Spectators heading to Monday's events are facing tight security. Screening lines in some places stretched a block.
The Secret Service, the lead law enforcement agency for the event, says there are so far no problems to report.
Officials are expecting far smaller crowds than the record-breaking turnout of 2009. A spokesman for the Metro transit system says 113,000 riders had boarded trains as of 8 a.m. Officials also hope more signs, and additional metal detectors, will ease congestion.
21 Jan. 9:53 a.m. ESTObamas, Bidens arrive at churchby Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 9:32 AM
President Obama and his family, along with Vice President Joe Biden, arrived at St. John's Episcopal Church on a crisp and clear morning in the nation's capital. Known as "The Church of the Presidents", St. John's is located just across from the White House on the other side of Lafayette Park.
Thousands trying to make it thru security screening to the Mall for #inaug2013 swearing in. Not sure all will make it. Orange Gate jammedby David Usborne via twitter 1/21/2013 3:12:14 PM
21 Jan. 10:17 a.m. ESTInaugural weather: Cool with a chance of snowIt's cool and there's a steady breeze. Hand-warmers are being sold by street vendors three for $5. In 2009, when temperatures were in the 20s, vendors got $5 for each one.The sun rises over Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)by ccarlson on Jan 21, 2013 at 9:53 AM
Janice Boyd of Bentonville, Ark., says, "I'm cold, but we came prepared."
In September, while campaigning in Colorado, Obama was talking to a potential voter who mentioned he had been one of the hundreds of thousands of people outdoors at Obama's bone-chilling first inaugural in 2009, when the noontime temperature was 28 degrees. Obama promised: "This one is going to be warmer."
Monday's forecast is for highs around 40 degrees with noon temperatures in the mid- to upper 30s. There's also a 40 percent chance of scattered snow showers.
A day pulsing with history21 Jan. 10:25 a.m. ESTSpectators wave American flags on the National Mall in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, before the start of President Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 10:04 AMMembers of the Lee University Festival Choir and PS 22 Chorus perform before the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 10:08 AMThe crowd starts to fill up the National Mall early in the morning before the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 10:07 AMA ceremonial Coast Guard honor guard stands in front of the U.S. Capitol before the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 10:05 AMThe sun rises over Capitol Hill looking down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, as Washington prepares for the 57th Presidential Inaugural and the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama's second term. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 10:05 AMPreviousNext
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In the tightly scheduled inauguration day here, there can still be some lighter moments for America’s first family. As the president's limo pulled up at the White House a few minutes ago, the Obama daughters and Mrs. Robinson got out of the car behind after a visit to church. Malia Obama sneaked up to surprise her dad, shouting, "Boo!" as he got out. "You scared me!" he told her.-- David Usborne
21 Jan. 10:40 a.m. ESTPatriotic love letters to AmericaThomas Jefferson, co-author of the declaration of independence and third president of the United States, 1801 to 1809.by Jaime Holguin on Jan 14, 2013 at 4:11 PM
Second inaugurals are often a kind of victory lap speech in a lot of ways, that would go back to Thomas Jefferson in 1805. Presidents are often reflecting on accomplishments of the administration and the challenges that will continue into the second term.- Presidential historian Leo Ribuffo of George Washington University
21 Jan. 10:41 a.m. ESTInauguration ceremony steeped in tradition, if not suspense
Sure, today is about history. Inaugurations are a tradition nearly as old as the country itself.
But today's also all for show. It's like so much of our politics these days.
Consider that the president already is one day into his second term. He took the oath of office during a private ceremony on Sunday at the White House to adhere to the Constitution's mandate that presidents start their terms on Jan. 20. Now, he'll do it again in public before hundreds of thousands of people, and millions more watching from home. There will be no suspense. There will be no climax. We know what's going to happen, because it already did.
Just about the only things we don't know:
- What exactly the president will say in his inaugural address.
- What designer the first lady will wear to the balls.
The Beast has left the house! The White House. The Beast of course is the presidential limo and as of a few moments ago it is now making its very stately progress up Pennsylvania Avenue towards the Capitol which will be the scene of his swearing-in in just over an hour. Thousands of people are still trying to get through security screening to make it onto the Mall. It’s chilly here and a fringe of cloud has come down from the north to smudge out the sun when most of us need it the most.-- David Usborne
The Beast is on the move, bearing the Prez from the WH towards the Capitol for his swearing in just over an hour.by David Usborne via twitter 1/21/2013 3:52:58 PM
21 Jan. 10:54 a.m. ESTGoing Madisonian: Obama to focus on compromisePresident Barack Obama will channel James Madison and speak about the centrality of compromise, his staff says.A portrait of U.S. President James Madison by artist Gilbert Stuart. (AP photo)by ccarlson 10:50 AM
"He is going to say that our political system does not require us to resolve all of our differences or settle all of our disputes," says his adviser, David Plouffe, "but it is absolutely imperative that our leaders try and seek common ground when it can and should exist. That's going to be a very important part of the speech."
That is the essence of the system Madison and his colleagues designed and enshrined in the Constitution, a complicated scheme of government that Americans have found frustrating at various times in the nation's history.
It is a comment on our age that a re-elected president needs to use a healthy dose of his widely watched speech to make the case for it all over again.
Michael Oreskes, AP senior managing editor for U.S. News
21 Jan. 10:59 a.m. ESTHistorical context in mind
President Barack Obama will place his left hand on two Bibles while taking the oath of office - one owned by Abraham Lincoln, which he used while taking the oath four years ago,and one by Martin Luther King Jr.President Barack Obama rests his hand on President Lincoln's Inaugural Bible while taking the oath during his first inauguration.by Jaime Holguin on Jan 14, 2013 at 5:15 PM
Their selection is especially symbolic because Obama's second inauguration comes on the federal holiday marking King's birthday and in a milestone anniversary year involving both men.
It was 150 years ago when Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation to end slavery, and 50 years ago when King delivered his "I Had a Dream" speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial - a monument that will be straight ahead in Obama's sight as he speaks to his country.
21 Jan. 11:07 a.m. ESTSecond time around: The inaugural speechCrowds congregate in The National Mall for the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)by Kellen Henry on Jan 21, 2013 at 10:46 AMPresident Barack Obama gives his inaugural address to a worldwide audience from the U.S. Capitol in 2009. (AP Photo/Senior Master Sgt. Thomas Meneguin, Department of Defense/US Air Force)by kmahabir on Jan 11, 2013 at 1:41 PMPreviousNext
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- 600,000 to 800,000: The number of people officials estimate will crowd onto the National Mall for the oath-taking ceremony (In 2009, a record 1.8 million people filled the nation's capital)
- 16: The number of presidents before Obama who have given a second inaugural address
- 135: Number of words in George Washington's second inaugural speech
A fringe of grey cloud has been advancing across Washington's sky all morning blotting out much needed sun the mall for #inaug2013by David Usborne via twitter 1/21/2013 4:11:33 PM
21 Jan. 11:14 a.m. ESTThe inauguration: Almost time
Former presidents and celebrities. Supreme Court justices. Politicians of all stripes. And masses of American humanity.
It's almost time for the presidential inauguration. Bands are playing, and everyone's almost ready for the way that Americans renew the executive-branch portion of their democracy _ and renew the promises of their country - as they have for more than 200 years.
Take a gander at Michelle's plumb leather gloves. Any knowledge on her rather austere, chainmail outfit otherwise? inaug2013by David Usborne via twitter 1/21/2013 4:16:19 PM
AP PHOTOS: Notable inauguration arrivals
21 Jan. 11:16 a.m. EST
While most Americans will catch glimpses of President Barack Obama's second inauguration festivities from their living room TVs or on the Internet, a privileged set of celebrities and special interests will get up close — in exclusive soirees just blocks from the ceremonies. Here's a look at the A-listers streaming in:Jay-Z and Beyonce arrive at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)by Kellen Henry 11:15 AMSecretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton speak with former President Jimmy Carter at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)John Mayer and Katy Perry arrives for the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)Rev. Al Sharpton arrives for the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capito. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Actress Eva Longoria arrives on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, for the Presidential Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony. (AP Photo/Win McNamee, Pool)Kelly Clarkson arrives with Brandon Blackstock for the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and wife Amy Rule arrive on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington for the Presidential Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony. (AP Photo/Win McNamee, Pool)American singer James Taylor arrives with his wife Caroline for the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., arrives at the ceremonial swearing-in for President Barack Obama at the U.S. Capitol. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)PreviousNext
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Turn around and look at the sea of people who have crammed onto the Mall. Lot of people, whatever they projected about smaller crowds.by David Usborne via twitter 1/21/2013 4:17:58 PM
Michelle Obama has no need to further prove her fashion credentials, but that doesn’t mean she’s resting on her laurels as a global style icon. Her blue checked coat is by Thom Browne – an American designer but hardly a household name, already favoured by the First Lady during the campaign months too. His clothes can be kooky, quirky, and often conceptual; this strictly tailored number was inspired by a gentleman’s silk tie. Chic, smart and minimally planal, it’s just the thing to make an impression without taking centre stage.-- Harriet Walker
21 Jan. 11:18 a.m. ESTVoices from the crowd
People who are attending the inauguration tell the AP why they felt it was important to be there.People from across America gathered in Washington Monday morning in anticipation of the second inauguration of President Barack Obama.by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 11:00 AM
"Barack H Obama" is introduced by gravel-voided announcer to the crowd as he steps onto the West Steps. Why can't they say Hussein anyway?by David Usborne via twitter 1/21/2013 4:23:20 PM
21 Jan. 11:25 a.m. ESTHitting their marksPlacemarks are set on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington in preparation for President Barack Obama's ceremonial swearing in ceremony during the 57th Presidential Inauguration. (AP Photo/Win McNamee, pool)by Kellen Henry on Jan 21, 2013 at 9:19 AM
When Barack Obama has done delivering his inaugural address from the West Steps of the Capitol in a little while he will retreat inside for a lobster lunch with members of Congress and assorted dignitaries. First he has to sign a few documents.--David Usborne
In case you want to know, they are:
1. A Proclamation to commemorate the inauguration entitled, “National Day of Hope and Resolve, 2013.”
2. Four Nominations:
a. John Owen Brennan to be Director of the CIA
b. Charles Timothy Hagel to be Secretary of Defense
c. John Forbes Kerry to be Secretary of State
d. Jacob J. Lew to be Secretary of the Treasury
21 Jan. 11:29 a.m. ESTPresident Obama arrives for swearing-inPresident Barack Obama arrives for his ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 11:28 AM
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