Live blog: The Inauguration 2013

Live blog: The Inauguration 2013

Follow the stream below for updates on Inauguration festivities in Washington, D.C. from Boston Globe Staff and the Associated Press. 
  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 8:32:02 PM

    The world watches the inauguration

    21 Jan. 3:31 p.m. EST

    Across the U.S. and around the world, people watched the second inauguration of President Barack Obama by live video feeds. Here are images of spectators outside of Washington, D.C.:

    Juanita Abernathy, widow of civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy, celebrates while watching a live video feed of President Barack Obama's Inauguration after speaking at the Union League Club of Chicago in Chicago, Monday, Jan. 21, 2012. Ralph Abernathy was Martin Luther King's best friend and was with him from the beginning of the civil rights movement, and with him when he was killed. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
    by ccarlson on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:11 PM
    Parishioners celebrate while watching a broadcast as President Barack Obama is inaugurated following the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday commemorative service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
    by ccarlson on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:31 PM
    Dr. Bernice King, center, the daughter and sister of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., applaud while watching a broadcast as President Barack Obama is inaugurated following the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday commemorative service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
    by ccarlson on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:31 PM
    Beverly Mumford, from Lawrence, Kan, watches a broadcast of the inauguration of President Barack Obama at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Topeka, Kan. The National Park Service is hosting events Monday at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka to observe both the inauguration and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
    by ccarlson on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:16 PM
    Guests of American Ambassador Philip Murphy, unseen, watch the swearing-in ceremony ofUS President Barack Obama on a television screen at the guest house of the US Embassy in Berlin, Germany, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/dpa, Christian Charisius)
    by ccarlson on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:20 PM
    Parishioners watch as President Barack Obama delivers his inauguration speech following the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday commemorative service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
    by ccarlson on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:18 PM
    Richard Smith watches President Barack Obama deliver his inaugural address during the ceremonial swearing-in, on a television at a Best Buy department store in Springfield, Ill., Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
    by ccarlson on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM
    Symone Kidd watches a broadcast of President Barack Obama's inauguration on a live video feed at the Union League Club of Chicago on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
    by ccarlson on Jan 21, 2013 at 2:59 PM
    Imani Thornton 17, watches a broadcast of President Barack Obama's inauguration on a live video feed at the Union League Club of Chicago on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
    by ccarlson on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:04 PM
    Visitors to the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site watch a broadcast of the inauguration of President Barack Obama Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Topeka, Kan. The National Park Service is hosting events Monday at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka to observe both the inauguration and the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
    by ccarlson on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:14 PM
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  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 8:33:46 PM

    Obama en route

    21 Jan.  3:33 p.m. EST


    Rolling. Inaugural parade is about to begin. #inaug2013.
    dsupervilleapvia twitter on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:26 PM
    - Darlene Superville covers the White House for The Associated Press



  • What is the #Obama family wearing for #inaug2013? @AP Fashion Writer @Sam_Critchell explains: http://apne.ws/VM5Bbn
  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 8:37:56 PM

    A vehicle for change: Obama gets DC 'Taxation' license plates

    21 Jan. 3:37 p.m EST

    A presidential vehicle, parked outside the White House in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, sports Washington's "Taxation Without Representation" license plate. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
    by ccarlson on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:33 PM
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    resident Barack Obama's limousine is now carrying the District of Columbia's symbolic "Taxation Without Representation" license plate, a subtle, but some say important, protest over the city's lack of a voting member in Congress, during the inauguration.

    The White House says Obama has seen firsthand "how patently unfair it is for families in D.C. to work hard, raise children and pay taxes, without having a vote in Congress."

  • RT @lsidoti: #Obama faces a choice of what kind of president he wants to be: http://apne.ws/XRSPYe #inaug2013
  • RT @lsidoti: here's my friend @anthonyted and his take on #inaug2013: http://apne.ws/XRSW6m
  • Theme of Obama's speech shown in word count: Our (79 times), We (62 times), Us (18 times), Together (7 times)
  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 8:39:41 PM

    Presidential parade under way

    21 Jan. 3:46 p.m. EST

    The inaugural parade is under way, with strains of American composer John Philip Sousa and `Yankee Doodle'. The motorcade is proceeding down Washington's wide boulevards as spectators line the streets and cheer. Many are straining to see inside the presidential limousine for a glimpse of the president and first lady.

    Secret  Service agents are striding alongside the slow-moving motorcade, which is rolling along the middle of Pennsylvania Avenue just blocks from the White House. The wide boulevards, cleared of all traffic and spectators, feel even more imposing and grand without their usual gridlock and stop-start
    traffic.
    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama ride in the presidential limousine during the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:45 PM


  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 8:44:36 PM

    Many TV networks pause for inauguration, MTV opts for "Catfish"

    21 Jan. 3:43 p.m. EST

    Richard Smith watches President Barack Obama deliver his inaugural address during the ceremonial swearing-in, on a television at a Best Buy department store in Springfield, Ill., Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
    by ccarlson on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    ABC, CBS, NBC and the cable news networks cast aside regular programming Monday to carry the ceremonial swearing-in and Obama's inaugural address. It didn't carry the same attention Obama's first inaugural did. In 2009, even ESPN and MTV covered the swearing-in. This year, ESPN stuck to talk about the upcoming Super Bowl and MTV aired "Catfish: The TV Show."

    Obama's inaugural address lasted about 18 minutes, only slightly longer than the inaugural poem, but shorter than the evaluations of on-air pundits.


    _ David Bauder, AP Television Writer

  • #Obama and the first lady get out of presidential motorcade and greet the #inaug2013 crowd on way back to the #WhiteHouse
  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 8:47:51 PM

    Presidential strut is iconic inaugural moment

    21 Jan. 3:47 p.m. EST

    Pennsylvania Avenue becomes America's red carpet on inauguration day, and
    the president and first lady are the only celebrities on it. It's a tradition that dates to President Jimmy Carter. Ronald Reagan is the only modern president to skip the walk. Reagan and his wife, Nancy, stuck their heads out of their limo's sun roof during part of the drive in 1981, and the parade for his second inauguration was canceled because of cold weather. Here's a slideshow of newly sworn in presidents making the stroll:

    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk down Pennsylvania Avenue during the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
    by Kellen Henry on Jan 21, 2013 at 4:05 PM
    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama on Jan. 20, 2009. (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File, Pool)
    by kmahabiron Jan 15, 2013 at 3:33 PM
    President Jimmy Carter and first lady Rosalynn Carter on Jan. 20, 1977. (AP Photo, File)
    by kmahabiron Jan 15, 2013 at 3:22 PM
    President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton on January 20, 1993. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
    by kmahabiron Jan 15, 2013 at 3:29 PM
    President George Bush and first lady Laura Bush on Jan. 20, 2001. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
    by kmahabiron Jan 15, 2013 at 5:50 PM
    President George H. W. Bush and first lady Barbara Bush on Jan. 20, 1989. (AP Photo/Dennis Cook)
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  • RT @daveweigel: From 3:44 RT @ChuckGrassley: Seems like romney has president on defensive
  • RT @KellyO: Just told the King family asked the president and Chief Justice Roberts to sign the King bible. And they did. #NBCPolitics
  • Here's what inaugural poet Ricard Blanco read during #Obama's #inaug2013: http://apne.ws/XRUNrI
  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 8:53:29 PM

    Also on parade, the Obama 'brand'

    21 Jan. 3:52 p.m. EST

    Luci Brown of South Bend, Ind., looks at the floats prepared for the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013 in Washington. Thousands are planning to march in the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade after the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama on Monday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 3:50 PM


    The Barack Obama "brand" was on full display along the parade route as fans waited for the president to travel from Capitol Hill to the White House.


    Many wore Obama T-shirts, ski caps, hoodies and buttons.

    One woman wrapped herself in an Obama beach towel for extra warmth.
    A popular item was the canvas tote bag with pictures of the Obama family on the front and back. Some waved small flags with Obama's likeness on them.

    _ Sam Hananel and Darlene Superville, AP reporters in Washington, D.C.
  • How's the GOP faring as the country watches #Obama's #inaug2013? @AP_Ken_Thomas explores: http://apne.ws/V2oHqT
  • How much of the #inaug2013 parade did #Obama walk? @dsupervilleap says he got out around 9th and Penn Ave., and got back in the limo at 12th
  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 9:12:32 PM

    Inaugural poem 'One Today' by Richard Blanco

    22 Jan. 4:11 p.m. EST

    Here's an excerpt from the poem read at Obama's inauguration:


    President Barack Obama shakes hands with poet Richard Blanco during the ceremonial swearing-in. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    by ccarlson 4:08 PM
    One sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores,

    peeking over the Smokies, greeting the faces
    of the Great Lakes, spreading a simple truth
    across the Great Plains, then charging across the Rockies.
    One light, waking up rooftops, under each one, a story
    told by our silent gestures moving behind windows.
      
    My face, your face, millions of faces in morning's mirrors,
    each one yawning to life, crescendoing into our day:
    pencil-yellow school buses, the rhythm of traffic lights,
    fruit stands: apples, limes, and oranges arrayed like rainbows
    begging our praise. Silver trucks heavy with oil or paper _
    bricks or milk, teeming over highways alongside us,
    on our way to clean tables, read ledgers, or save lives_
    to teach geometry, or ring-up groceries as my mother did
    for twenty years, so I could write this poem.
      
    All of us as vital as the one light we move through,
    the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day:
    equations to solve, history to question, or atoms imagined,
    the "I have a dream" we keep dreaming,
    or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won't explain
    the empty desks of twenty children marked absent
    today, and forever. Many prayers, but one light
    breathing color into stained glass windows,
    life into the faces of bronze statues, warmth
    onto the steps of our museums and park benches
    as mothers watch children slide into the day.

    One ground. Our ground, rooting us to every stalk
    of corn, every head of wheat sown by sweat
    and hands, hands gleaning coal or planting windmills
    in deserts and hilltops that keep us warm, hands
    digging trenches, routing pipes and cables, hands
    as worn as my father's cutting sugarcane
    so my brother and I could have books and shoes.

    Read the entire poem here: http://apne.ws/Wbskyf


  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 9:13:52 PM

    Just two inaugural balls for Obama this year, but they'll be big

    21 Jan. 4:13 p.m. EST

    Obama has cut the number of inauguration night balls lower than any modern president to just two due to a struggling economy. But the celebrations will be elaborate: Around 40,000 revelers are expected to pack the pair of parties. In 2009, Obama had 10 official inaugural balls.


  • Youngest-ever inaugural poet, Richard Blanco, paid homage to the American experience: http://apne.ws/VLSXsZ #inaug2013 -MM
  • #Obama and the first lady out walking again as #inaug2013 parade heads toward #WhiteHouse.
  • #Obama and the first lady out walking again as #inaug2013 parade heads toward #WhiteHouse.
  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 9:17:25 PM

    Latinos took a more prominent role in Obama's 2nd inauguration

    21 Jan. 4:16 p.m. EST

    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 18, 2013 at 3:59 PM
    Latinos had a distinct presence at this inauguration after showing their growing political influence in the 2012 election. Hispanics voted 7 to 1 for Obama over his challenger, Republican Mitt Romney, whose Hispanic support was less than any presidential candidate in 16 years.


    Some examples:

    • Eva Longoria, a co-chairwoman for Obama's campaign, hosted a salute to the president Sunday evening.
    • Antonio Banderas, Rosario Dawson, Marc Anthony and other entertainers appeared in "Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at the Kennedy Center." The lineup also included Prince Royce, Frankie Negron, Rita Moreno and Mario Lopez. Jose Feliciano opened the show by singing the national anthem.
    • San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who gave the keynote speech at last year's Democratic National Convention, also addressed the audience.
    • Justice Sonia Sotomayor, an Obama appointee who is the first Hispanic justice on the highest court, administered the oath of office Sunday morning to Vice President Joe Biden.

  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 9:19:45 PM

    Americans weigh in on Obama's 2nd inauguration

    21 Jan. 4:18 p.m. EST

    Audrey Smith
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 4:07 PM
    Detroit, Mich. resident Audrey Smith  says she's so pleased the president's second inauguration came on the Martin Luther King Day holiday.



    Political and public policy analyst Jeremy Mayer of George Mason University says President Obama seems focused on domestic issues for his legacy, rather than foreign policy like many of his predecessors.
    Jeremy Mayer
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    Westchester County, New York, resident Gail Robinson says she wanted to make sure she witnessed President Obama's second inauguration.
    Gail Robinson
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 4:05 PM


  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 9:21:10 PM

    Presidential inaugurations: 1961-2013

    21 Jan. 4:20 p.m. EST
    President Barack Obama speaks at 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 ccarlson on Jan 21, 2013 at 4:15 PM
    JAN 20, 1961: U.S. President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office at Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 16, 2013 at 5:19 PM
    JAN 20, 1965: U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson delivers his inaugural address  on the east portico of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. Visible in the front row, left, is first lady Lady Bird Johnson, who held the bible as her husband took the oath of office, beginning a new tradition. (AP Photo)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 16, 2013 at 5:25 PM
    JAN. 20, 1969: Richard M. Nixon is sworn in as the 37th president of the United States administered by Chief Justice Earl Warren during inaugural ceremonies in front of the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Shown behind Warren is former President Lyndon B. Johnson. (AP Photo)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 16, 2013 at 5:27 PM
    JAN. 20, 1973: President Richard M. Nixon delivers his inaugural address, saying the world stands on the threshold of a new era of peace. (AP Photo)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 16, 2013 at 5:30 PM
    AUG. 9, 1974: U.S. Chief Justice Warren Burger administers the oath of office to Gerald R. Ford as the 38th President of the United States in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., following the resignation of Richard M. Nixon as chief executive. Betty Ford holds the bible at center.  (AP Photo)(AP Photo)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 16, 2013 at 5:32 PM
    JAN. 20, 1977: President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter wave as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C. after Carter was sworn in as the nation's 39th president. (AP Photo, File)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 16, 2013 at 5:34 PM


    JAN. 20, 1981: U.S. President Ronald Reagan and his wife, first lady Nancy Reagan, wave to the crowd on the west front of the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., after he was sworn in as the nation's 40th president. Applauding behind the Reagans are House Speaker Thomas P. O'Neill, left, Vice President George Bush, center, and Sen. Mark Hatfield, far right. (AP Photo)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 16, 2013 at 5:37 PM
    JAN. 21, 1985: First Lady Nancy Reagan looks on as President Ronald Reagan is sworn in during ceremonies in the Rotunda beneath the Capitol Dome in Washington Monday. Reagan, forced indoors by a record inaugural freeze, reenacted his oath taking and sounded a second term dedication to his conservative principles. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 16, 2013 at 5:39 PM
    JAN. 20, 1989: President George Bush raises his hand as he takes the oath of office as president of the United States outside the Capitol in Washington, D.C. Vice President Dan Quayle watches from behind. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 16, 2013 at 5:41 PM
    JAN. 20, 1993: Pres. Bill Clinton gives his inaugural speech after being sworn in as president on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Vice Pres. Al Gore is at right. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 16, 2013 at 5:44 PM
    JAN. 20, 1997: President Clinton, Mrs. Clinton and daughter Chelsea wave as they walk down Pennsylvania Avenue to start the presidential inaugural parade. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 16, 2013 at 5:47 PM
    JAN. 20, 2001: George W. Bush takes the oath of office from Chief Justice William Rehnquist to become the 43rd president in Washington, D.C. Wife Laura Bush holds the Bible and daughter Jenna watches. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 17, 2013 at 8:57 AM
    JAN. 20, 2005: President Bush and first lady Laura Bush walk during the inauguration parade in front of the White House in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Doug Mills)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 17, 2013 at 9:02 AM
    JAN. 20, 2009: The crowd on the National Mall looking from the Capitol toward the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial listens to the inaugural address of President Barack Obama. The inaugural drew 1.8 million. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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  • Notice the DC "Taxation Without Representation" tags on the presidential limo? That's a #Obama gesture to DC citizens: http://apne.ws/10MXdgP
  • RT @Dharapak: Great photo by @evanvucci of Obama walking out for his ceremonial swearing in via @AP #inaug2013: http://apne.ws/ULWeY8
  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 9:27:50 PM

    Obama's ambitious 2nd-term agenda

    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 18, 2013 at 5:27 PM
    21 Jan. 4:26 p.m. EST

    The 44th chief executive is only the 17th to win re-election, and his second-term goals are ambitious for a country where sharp political differences have produced gridlocked government in recent years.


    Restoration of the economy to full strength and pressing the worldwide campaign against terrorists sit atop the agenda. He also wants to reduce federal deficits and win immigration and gun control legislation from Congress, where Republicans control the House.

  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 9:29:59 PM

    Taking oath on MLK Jr.'s Bible a 'great privilege'

    21 Jan. 4:29 p.m. EST
    President Barack Obama receives the oath of office from Chief Justice John Roberts at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama holds the Bible as daughters Malia and Sasha watch. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
    by ccarlson on Jan 21, 2013 at 4:23 PM
    President Barack Obama says it was a privilege to take the oath of office using a Bible that had been owned by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Obama paused by a statue of King in the Capitol Rotunda after a luncheon hosted by members of Congress.


    "You know this is the first time I have seen this," he said.


    King's Bible was one of two he used for the ceremonial inauguration, which took place on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.


    "I had the great privilege that the Bible we used was his Bible and they asked for it to be inscribed,"
    Obama said.
    The other Bible belonged to President Abraham Lincoln.

      

  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 9:34:51 PM

    Obama: Memorable moments from the 1st term

    21 Jan. 4:33 p.m. EST

    President Barack Obama signs the health care reform bill at the White House on Tuesday, March 23, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
    by kmahabir on Jan 18, 2013 at 9:26 AM
    President Barack Obama signs the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010, on Dec. 22, 2010. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
    by kmahabir on Jan 18, 2013 at 9:28 AM
    In this May 1, 2011 image released by the White House and digitally altered by the source to obscure the details of a document on the table, President Barack Obama, and others watch an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden. (AP Photo/The White House, Pete Souza)
    by kmahabir on Jan 18, 2013 at 9:32 AM
    President Barack Obama speaks in the briefing room of the White House on Oct. 21, 2011, and declares an end to the Iraq war, one of the longest and most divisive conflicts in U.S. history, announcing that all U.S. troops would be withdrawn from the country by year's end. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
    by kmahabir on Jan 18, 2013 at 10:35 AM
    U.S. President Barack Obama, his wife Michelle, and Vice President Joe Biden, and his wife Jill wave to the cheering crowd in Chicago, Ill., on Nov. 7, 2012, after winning 2nd term. ( The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images )
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  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 9:42:49 PM

    Grading the president's 2nd inaugural speech

    21 Jan. 4:42 p.m. EST
    Tens of thousands of people attended President Barack Obama's second inauguration. They say they liked that his address stressed inclusiveness and success for all Americans.
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 4:26 PM


  • "How bout the weather?" Obama shouts, walking to the parade viewing stand. "Can't be beat."
  • AP VIDEO: Watch Beyonce close the #inaug2013 with her soaring interpretation of the national anthem for #Obama: http://apne.ws/V2uo8h
  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 9:47:01 PM

    AP PHOTOS: Inaugural parade

    21 Jan. 4:45 p.m. EST
    President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama walk down a jam-packed Pennsylvania Avenue hand in hand, waving to the crowds.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
    by Kellen Henry 4:44 PM
    Khongorzul Battsengel, left, and Ariunbolor Davaatsogt both from Mongolia, take a picture of themselves as they wait for President Barack Obama in the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade on Pennsylvania Avenue. Thousands marched during the parade after the ceremonial swearing-in of Obama. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    A band prepares to lead President Barack Obama's inaugural parade on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, after the president's ceremonial swearing-in ceremony. (AP Photo/New York Times, Doug Mills, Pool)
    Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, 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/Gerald Herbert)
    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama ride in the presidential limousine during the 57th Presidential Inauguration parade down Pennsylvania Avenue Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
    President Barack Obama waves during the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade on Pennsylvania Avenue. Thousands marched during the parade after the ceremonial swearing-in of President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
    President Barack Obama waves during the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 in Washington. Thousands marched during the parade after the ceremonial swearing-in. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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  • #Obama toasts lawmakers during the #inauguration luncheon at the US Capitol: http://apne.ws/UftOGY #inaug2013
  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 9:54:26 PM

    How Obama's inauguration is being covered around the world:

    21 Jan. 4:53 p.m. EST
    • Al Jazeera English featured video of the inauguration, plus a comparison of Obama and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
    • In Germany, which had its own election this weekend, Der Spiegel topped its website with a live feed and the headline in English: "It's Showtime!" After the ceremony, it focused on the cautious mood that that had replaced the euphoria four years ago.
    • The Guardian posted the full text of Obama's speech and the top headline: President Barack Obama savors second inauguration: 'I will never see this again'
    • The English website for China's Xinxua also led with Obama's inauguration, and posted a second story with the headline: Obama rejects protracted war in second term




  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 9:54:58 PM

    One last look

    21 Jan. 4:54 p.m. EST

    We reported earlier how President Barack Obama stopped and turned around to look back at the scene to savor the view before exiting the inaugural platform and heading back into the Capitol. Here's the video:

    As he left the stage following his second inaugural address, President Barack Obama paused for a moment to take one more look at the thousands gathered to watch.
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 4:27 PM


  • If second inaugurations are not as exciting as the first, Hollywood apparently didn’t get the memo. http://bo.st/XtQEbh
  • AP VIDEO: Watch #Obama take one last look at crowds cheering his #inauguration at the US Capitol: http://apne.ws/UMLFE8
  • An inaugural official says the crowd estimate is at least a million people for the swearing in.
  • kmahabir 1/21/2013 9:57:59 PM


    AP Coverage: Drawing the curtain on the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Live                                                                                       

    21 Jan. 4:57 p.m. EST

    President Barack Obama waves to crowd after his inaugural speech at the ceremonial swearing-in on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Andrews, Pool)
    by Jaime Holguin on Jan 21, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    We're ending our real-time reportage of events today - they are now a part of the nation's historical fabric, but will likely not feature as prominently as 2009's inauguration when future generations look back.

    We had time-honored tradition, pageantry and huge crowds, but also a strong political message from the president.

    Liz Sidoti, AP's national politics editor, looks back on the day and assesses what we learned and what lies ahead in the second term:

    "At the outset of a second term, this is an empowered Barack Obama _ one who made clear that he knows he has political capital, and that he plans to spend it. He signaled that he's ready _ or, rather, that he has a duty _ to tackle big challenges. And that he wants Republicans to walk with him in that endeavor. But he also indicated that he has core beliefs on which he won't compromise. Like the notion that government can be a tool _ not THE tool _ for solving what ails the nation. And the need to curb climate change. And the fact that all people are created equal, regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. And, finally, that you don’t always have to see the world the same way to get things done. In doing so, he's suggesting that he has a responsibility to press his agenda even if the deeply divided nation _ and its equally fractured leaders _ refuse to heed his call to come together to address the nation's problems."


    For continuing rolling coverage, check out our Inauguration Watch.
  • I'm told Deval Patrick will be joining President Obama later tonight for a reception at the White House after the inaugural balls.
  • Deval Patrick also joined Obama four years ago, heading to the White House for late-night coffee and dessert.
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