Inauguration 2013 January 21, 2013: President Barack Obama & First Lady Michelle Obama at the Inaugural Balls — Elegant inauguration spins to a starry end

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Obama’s elegant inauguration spins to a starry end

Source: USA Today, 1-21-13

President Obama and first lady Michelle wrapped up their inauguration with a night of merrymaking.

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President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama show off her inaugural gown by Jason Wu.(Photo: Joe Raedle Getty Images)

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  • The president’s second inauguration was a star-filled affair
  • Inaugural balls culminate weekend of fashion, fun and celebrities
  • Mrs. Obama goes for Jason Wu gown again

An elegant second Obama inauguration, packed with high-fashion, high-energy and high-profile stars, twirled to an end Monday as President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama — she in another stunning gown — danced the night away at the inaugural balls.

And it’s a gown by Jason Wu, the same designer who crafted her 2009 white inaugural gown. The White House said this one is custom-made, ruby red, sleeveless, backless, cinched at the waist, chiffon and velvet, flowing pleats falling to the floor, with a handmade diamond-embellished ring by jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald. She is wearing shoes by Jimmy Choo. And her hair was down in her new style with the bangs everyone has been talking about….READ MORE

Inauguration 2013 January 21, 2013: President Barack Obama Offers Liberal Vision in Second Inaugural Address: ‘We Must Act’

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Obama Offers Liberal Vision: ‘We Must Act’

Source: NYT, 1-21-13


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Barack Hussein Obama ceremonially opened his second term on Monday with an assertive Inaugural Address that offered a robust articulation of modern liberalism in America, arguing that “preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action.”

On a day that echoed with refrains from the civil rights era and tributes to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Mr. Obama dispensed with the post-partisan appeals of four years ago to lay out a forceful vision of advancing gay rights, showing more tolerance toward illegal immigrants, preserving the social welfare safety net and acting to stop climate change….READ MORE

Inauguration 2013 January 21, 2013: President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama & the Bidens Finish Inaugural Parade Route on Foot to White House

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Obamas finish parade route on foot

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President Obama, first lady Michelle, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill walked the rest of the parade route from Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House….READ MORE

Obama, first lady walk part of inaugural parade

Source: AP, 1-21-13

                                    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington. Thousands  marched during the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade after the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk down Pennsylvania Avenue en route to the White House, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington. Thousands marched during the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade after the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Monday emerged twice from their limousine to respond to wildly cheering crowds along the inaugural parade route from Capitol Hill to the White House.

The couple waved to chanting, flag-waving crowds lining Pennsylvania Avenue to celebrate the start of Obama’s second term. Spectators began shouting ‘‘Obama, Obama’’ as they returned the greetings from the first couple. Many in the crowd used their cellphones for picture-taking to capture the scene. The first lady blew air kisses to the crowd as the couple got back in their limousine after walking about three blocks….READ MORE

Inauguration 2013 January 21, 2013: President Barack Obama Cites U.S.’s Ideals in Call to Act in Second Inaugural Address

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Obama Cites U.S.’s Ideals in Call to Act

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“We must act; we must act knowing that our work will be imperfect,” said President Obama.
Mr. Obama renewed his oath of office with Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. on Monday.
A view of the podium in front of the Capitol.
The Obama family on the podium.
Mr. Obama greeted guests as he arrived for the ceremony.
The crowd on the National Mall was expected to swell to an estimated 600,000 people.
The justices of the Supreme Court arriving for the ceremony.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Bill Clinton arriving.
American veterans gathered on the Mall to view the inauguration.
Spectators bundled against the cold made their way to the Mall.
Some entryways to the Mall were lined with cheering, flag-waving greeters.
Mr. Obama and his family arrived for a church service on Monday before the ceremony.
Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his family were welcomed to a morning church service.
Members of the military prepared for their role in the inaugural ceremony in front of the Capitol.
Tape marked the positions for the first and second families on the inaugural podium.

President Obama renewed his oath of office on Monday, marking the beginning of another four years in the White House without the clouds of economic crisis and war that hovered over his first inauguration….READ MORE

Inauguration 2013 January 21, 2013: President Barack Obama Calls for ‘Collective Action’ on Nation’s Challenges in Second Inaugural Address

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President Obama Calls for ‘Collective Action’ on Nation’s Challenges

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-21-13

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Invoking the nation’s founding values, President Obama marked the start of his second term Monday with a sweeping call for “collective action” to confront the economic and social challenges of America’s present and future.

“That is our generation’s task, to make these words, these rights, these values — of life, and liberty, and the pursuit of happiness — real for every American,” Obama said in an inaugural address delivered from the west front of the U.S. Capitol….READ MORE

Inauguration 2013 January 21, 2013: President Barack Obama’s Inaugural Address: ‘We are made for this moment’

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Obama: ‘We are made for this moment’

Source: WaPo, 1-21-13

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In his speech, the president struck some notes of bipartisanship, as expected after a bruising campaign and a bitter debate over the fiscal cliff. But he also emphasized the liberal themes that were the hallmarks of his successful electoral effort….READ MORE

Full Text Inauguration 2013 January 21, 2013: President Barack Obama’s Second Inaugural Address — Speech Transcript

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President Barack Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

Transcript: President Obama’s Second Inaugural Address

PHOTO: President Barack Obama arrives at the podium for his inaugural speech, Washington DC, Jan. 21, 2013.

President Barack Obama arrives at the podium for his inaugural speech, Washington DC, Jan. 21, 2013. (ABC NEWS)

Obama’s Second Inaugural Speech

The following is a transcript of President Obama’s second inaugural speech:

MR. OBAMA: Vice President Biden, Mr. Chief Justice, Members of the United States Congress, distinguished guests, and fellow citizens:

Each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional – what makes us American – is our allegiance to an idea, articulated in a declaration made more than two centuries ago:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Today we continue a never-ending journey, to bridge the meaning of those words with the realities of our time. For history tells us that while these truths may be self-evident, they have never been self-executing; that while freedom is a gift from God, it must be secured by His people here on Earth. The patriots of 1776 did not fight to replace the tyranny of a king with the privileges of a few or the rule of a mob. They gave to us a Republic, a government of, and by, and for the people, entrusting each generation to keep safe our founding creed.

For more than two hundred years, we have.

Through blood drawn by lash and blood drawn by sword, we learned that no union founded on the principles of liberty and equality could survive half-slave and half-free. We made ourselves anew, and vowed to move forward together.

Together, we determined that a modern economy requires railroads and highways to speed travel and commerce; schools and colleges to train our workers.

Together, we discovered that a free market only thrives when there are rules to ensure competition and fair play.

Together, we resolved that a great nation must care for the vulnerable, and protect its people from life’s worst hazards and misfortune.

Through it all, we have never relinquished our skepticism of central authority, nor have we succumbed to the fiction that all society’s ills can be cured through government alone. Our celebration of initiative and enterprise; our insistence on hard work and personal responsibility, these are constants in our character.

But we have always understood that when times change, so must we; that fidelity to our founding principles requires new responses to new challenges; that preserving our individual freedoms ultimately requires collective action. For the American people can no more meet the demands of today’s world by acting alone than American soldiers could have met the forces of fascism or communism with muskets and militias. No single person can train all the math and science teachers we’ll need to equip our children for the future, or build the roads and networks and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. Now, more than ever, we must do these things together, as one nation, and one people.

This generation of Americans has been tested by crises that steeled our resolve and proved our resilience. A decade of war is now ending. An economic recovery has begun. America’s possibilities are limitless, for we possess all the qualities that this world without boundaries demands: youth and drive; diversity and openness; an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. My fellow Americans, we are made for this moment, and we will seize it – so long as we seize it together.

For we, the people, understand that our country cannot succeed when a shrinking few do very well and a growing many barely make it. We believe that America’s prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. We know that America thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work; when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. We are true to our creed when a little girl born into the bleakest poverty knows that she has the same chance to succeed as anybody else, because she is an American, she is free, and she is equal, not just in the eyes of God but also in our own.

We understand that outworn programs are inadequate to the needs of our time. We must harness new ideas and technology to remake our government, revamp our tax code, reform our schools, and empower our citizens with the skills they need to work harder, learn more, reach higher. But while the means will change, our purpose endures: a nation that rewards the effort and determination of every single American. That is what this moment requires. That is what will give real meaning to our creed.

We, the people, still believe that every citizen deserves a basic measure of security and dignity. We must make the hard choices to reduce the cost of health care and the size of our deficit. But we reject the belief that America must choose between caring for the generation that built this country and investing in the generation that will build its future. For we remember the lessons of our past, when twilight years were spent in poverty, and parents of a child with a disability had nowhere to turn. We do not believe that in this country, freedom is reserved for the lucky, or happiness for the few. We recognize that no matter how responsibly we live our lives, any one of us, at any time, may face a job loss, or a sudden illness, or a home swept away in a terrible storm. The commitments we make to each other – through Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security – these things do not sap our initiative; they strengthen us. They do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.

We, the people, still believe that enduring security and lasting peace do not require perpetual war. Our brave men and women in uniform, tempered by the flames of battle, are unmatched in skill and courage. Our citizens, seared by the memory of those we have lost, know too well the price that is paid for liberty. The knowledge of their sacrifice will keep us forever vigilant against those who would do us harm. But we are also heirs to those who won the peace and not just the war, who turned sworn enemies into the surest of friends, and we must carry those lessons into this time as well.

We will defend our people and uphold our values through strength of arms and rule of law. We will show the courage to try and resolve our differences with other nations peacefully – not because we are naïve about the dangers we face, but because engagement can more durably lift suspicion and fear. America will remain the anchor of strong alliances in every corner of the globe; and we will renew those institutions that extend our capacity to manage crisis abroad, for no one has a greater stake in a peaceful world than its most powerful nation. We will support democracy from Asia to Africa; from the Americas to the Middle East, because our interests and our conscience compel us to act on behalf of those who long for freedom. And we must be a source of hope to the poor, the sick, the marginalized, the victims of prejudice – not out of mere charity, but because peace in our time requires the constant advance of those principles that our common creed describes: tolerance and opportunity; human dignity and justice.

We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths – that all of us are created equal – is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall; just as it guided all those men and women, sung and unsung, who left footprints along this great Mall, to hear a preacher say that we cannot walk alone; to hear a King proclaim that our individual freedom is inextricably bound to the freedom of every soul on Earth.

It is now our generation’s task to carry on what those pioneers began. For our journey is not complete until our wives, our mothers, and daughters can earn a living equal to their efforts. Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law – for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well. Our journey is not complete until no citizen is forced to wait for hours to exercise the right to vote. Our journey is not complete until we find a better way to welcome the striving, hopeful immigrants who still see America as a land of opportunity; until bright young students and engineers are enlisted in our workforce rather than expelled from our country. Our journey is not complete until all our children, from the streets of Detroit to the hills of Appalachia to the quiet lanes of Newtown, know that they are cared for, and cherished, and always safe from harm.

That is our generation’s task – to make these words, these rights, these values – of Life, and Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness – real for every American. Being true to our founding documents does not require us to agree on every contour of life; it does not mean we all define liberty in exactly the same way, or follow the same precise path to happiness. Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time – but it does require us to act in our time.

For now decisions are upon us, and we cannot afford delay. We cannot mistake absolutism for principle, or substitute spectacle for politics, or treat name-calling as reasoned debate. We must act, we must act knowing that our work will be imperfect. We must act, knowing that today’s victories will be only partial, and that it will be up to those who stand here in four years, and forty years, and four hundred years hence to advance the timeless spirit once conferred to us in a spare Philadelphia hall.

My fellow Americans, the oath I have sworn before you today, like the one recited by others who serve in this Capitol, was an oath to God and country, not party or faction – and we must faithfully execute that pledge during the duration of our service. But the words I spoke today are not so different from the oath that is taken each time a soldier signs up for duty, or an immigrant realizes her dream. My oath is not so different from the pledge we all make to the flag that waves above and that fills our hearts with pride.

They are the words of citizens, and they represent our greatest hope.

You and I, as citizens, have the power to set this country’s course.

You and I, as citizens, have the obligation to shape the debates of our time – not only with the votes we cast, but with the voices we lift in defense of our most ancient values and enduring ideals.

Let each of us now embrace, with solemn duty and awesome joy, what is our lasting birthright. With common effort and common purpose, with passion and dedication, let us answer the call of history, and carry into an uncertain future that precious light of freedom.

Thank you, God Bless you, and may He forever bless these United States of America.

Inauguration 2013 January 21, 2013: President Barack Obama Opens 2nd Term in Lower Key

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Obama Opens 2nd Term in Lower Key

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President Obama and his family arrived for a church service on Monday before his inaugural ceremony.

The crowd on the Washington Mall was expected to swell to an estimated 600,000 people.

Spectators bundled against the cold made their way to the Mall.

Some entryways to the Mall were lined with cheering, flag-waving greeters.

Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his family were welcomed to a morning church service.

Members of the military prepared for their role in the inaugural ceremony in front of the Capitol.

Tape marked the positions for the first and second families on the inaugural podium.

The place setting for Mr. Obama ahead of the inaugural luncheon in Statuary Hall at the Capitol.

Unlike President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, the nation is not in the midst of economic crisis and two wars, but he still faces many challenges….READ MORE

Inauguration 2013 January 21, 2013: President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Ceremony Schedule

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Monday’s Inauguration Schedule

Source: ABC News Radio, 1-21-13

Chris Dilts for the Presidential Inaugural Committee 2013

This is the schedule of Monday’s inauguration of President Obama on the West Front of the Capitol.  The approximate times, all ET, come from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies:

11:09 a.m.: The president and his family are announced and seated on the inaugural platform, built by the Architect of the Capitol.  It holds some 1,600 people, including members of Congress, the Cabinet and the Supreme Court, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, former presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter and governors.

11:35 a.m.: Invocation by Myrlie Evers-Williams, the widow of slain civil rights organizer Medgar Evers, and the first woman and first non-clergy member to lead the pre-oath prayer.

11:46 a.m.: Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor administers the oath of office to Vice President Joe Biden.

11:55 a.m.: Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to Obama, who will use two Bibles: the one used by President Abraham Lincoln in 1861 (which Obama used four years ago); and a Bible that belonged to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Noon: Obama gives his second inaugural address.

12:26 p.m.: A poem by Richard Blanco, the first Hispanic inaugural poet.

12:30 p.m.: The Rev. Dr. Luis Leon delivers the benediction.

12:34 p.m.: Beyoncé sings the national anthem.

2:36 p.m.: After attending an inaugural luncheon in the Capitol, the Obamas and Bidens lead the inaugural parade down Pennsylvania Avenue from the Capitol to the White House.  The event will take several hours and include thousands of participants from across the country.

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