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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.

  • THIS LIVE BLOG IS NOW CLOSED

    The timetable for the event is as follows:
    - Parties depart White House for Capitol building
    - Biden and Obama families announced and seated
    - Vice President Biden sworn in
    - James Taylor sings America the Beautiful
    - President Obama sworn in
    - Inaugural Address by the president
    - Beyonce sings the National Anthem
    - Obama takes part in procession along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House
    1/21/2013 12:07:52 PM
  • House Speaker John Boehner and Senator John Kerry have been spotted in the crowds. They are among the politicians and officials who have gathered for the inauguration and to listen to Obama's second inauguration address.
    1/21/2013 3:47:12 PM
  • 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
    1/21/2013 3:48:52 PM
  • The Beast is on the move, bearing the Prez from the WH towards the Capitol for his swearing in just over an hour.
  • Going Madisonian: Obama to focus on compromise

    21 Jan. 10:54 a.m. EST

    A portrait of U.S. President James Madison by artist Gilbert Stuart. (AP photo)
    by ccarlson 10:50 AM
    President Barack Obama
    will channel James Madison and speak about the centrality of compromise, his staff says.

    "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
    1/21/2013 3:54:54 PM
  • TV lights trained on the Capitol for the swearing in pbs.twimg.com/media/BBJRWSECMAEzVcc.jpg


  • Historical context in mind

    21 Jan.  10:59 a.m. EST

    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,
    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
    and one by Martin Luther King Jr.

    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.




    1/21/2013 3:59:51 PM
  • How the race was won

    21 Jan. 11:00 a.m. EST

    Electoral results from the 2012 presidential election.

    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 10:56 AM


    1/21/2013 4:00:45 PM
  • Don't be taking any of the following onto the Mall this #inaug2013 pbs.twimg.com/media/BBJTo9zCEAEuMUu.jpg

  • Along with a performance from Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson and the Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir are slated to be providing the musical entertainment today.
    1/21/2013 4:06:30 PM
  • Thousands at the Orange Gate bottleneck trying to make it onto the Mall for #inaug2013 pbs.twimg.com/media/BBJT_bBCYAAG6Pp.jpg

  • Hitting their marks

    21 Jan. 11:25 a.m. EST


    Placemarks 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



    1/21/2013 4:25:39 PM
  • 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.

    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
    --David Usborne
    1/21/2013 4:27:26 PM
  • President Obama arrives for swearing-in

    21 Jan. 11:29 a.m. EST
    President 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


    1/21/2013 4:30:21 PM
  • Who's absent from the inaugural ceremonies?

    21 Jan. 11:32 a.m. EST


    by Kellen Henry 11:31 AM
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki will not attend the ceremonies at the Capitol for security reasons. He would be the successor to head the government should catastrophe strike at the Capitol.

    The absence of a Cabinet secretary maintained a long-standing tradition that one member not attend the inaugural ceremonies.




    1/21/2013 4:33:20 PM
  • 'Everything is going swimmingly so far in the four-day bash that is Barack Obama’s second inauguration as President of the United States, or POTUS to the Secret Service and the White House correspondents who must keep tabs on him.'

    Read the full piece by David Usborne here.
    1/21/2013 4:35:17 PM
  • The moment, and the president, has arrived

    21 Jan. 11:35 a.m. EST
    President Barack Obama arrives at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)
    by ccarlson 11:33 AM
    President Barack Obama is on the podium, greeting supporters and colleagues, and ready to be
    inaugurated for his second term _ or, at least, "inaugurated," since the official ceremony was conducted Sunday indoors.
    Today's ceremony is the public version.

    1/21/2013 4:36:32 PM
  • In 2009 more than 1.8 million people turned up in Washington to watch Obama's first inauguration.
    1/21/2013 4:38:30 PM
  • #Obama is probably the most effective and successful President, domestically at least, since #FDR. My Standard column: http://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/amol-rajan-a-great-president-who-can-transform-america-8459738.html
  • Quotable

    21 Jan. 11:42 a.m. EST

    by Kellen Henry 11:42 AM



    1/21/2013 4:43:21 PM
  • 1/21/2013 6:33:10 PM
  • I've been looking for Mitt everywhere in Washington this morning...appparently, he is not here. Last loser not to show up: Dukakis in 1989
  • Barack and Michelle are now out of the Beast and walking. This is when the Secret Service have kittens. #inaug2013
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