Presidential Inauguration 2013

The latest updates and schedule for the 2013 Presidential Inauguration held in Washington, D.C., the week of Jan. 21, including background on the inaugural parade, inaugural balls and galas, swearing-in ceremony and inaugural address.

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  • TWT chronicles Obama's big day

    By THE WASHINGTON TIMES

    Tradition, faith and revelry mark a city's celebration of the president's second inauguration, as chronicled by Washington Times reporters in real time throughout the day. Published January 21, 2013

  • A man is silhouetted against the sunlit Chinatown arch in Chinatown near Seventh and H streets Northwest in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012. (The Washington Times)

    Damage in Northwest D.C. after modest protests

    By Andrea Noble - The Washington Times

    A handful of protest activity was reported around Monday's inaugural celebrations, with the most serious incident occurring hours before the ceremony when demonstrators marching through the Chinatown neighborhood in Northwest Washington smashed windows at a bank and a Hooters restaurant. Published January 21, 2013

  • President Obama arrives for his ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

    Barack H. Obama drops Hussein from inauguration ceremony

    By David R. Sands - The Washington Times

    The Barack Hussein Obama of 2009 has been replaced in President Obama's second inaugural celebration by "Barack H. Obama." Published January 21, 2013

  • First lady Michelle Obama was at her husband's side as he took the oath of office, holding the Bible as he pledged to protect and defend the Constitution. (Associated Press)

    A 'limitless' vision: Obama lays out liberal agenda for second term

    By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

    Forging into the latter half of his historic presidency, Barack Obama urged the nation at his second inauguration Monday to work together on a liberal agenda of America's "limitless possibilities," such as reversing climate change, advancing gay rights and strengthening the social safety net. Published January 21, 2013

  • President Obama waves as he walks to St. John's Episcopal Church with (from left) his his mother-in-law, Marian Robinson; first lady Michelle Obama; and the Obamas' daughters, Malia and Sasha, on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

    First lady Michelle Obama starts 2nd term in style in Thom Browne

    By Samantha Critchell - Associated Press

    The first family headed out to Monday's inaugural festivities with first lady Michelle Obama leading a very coordinated fashion parade in a navy-silk, checkered-patterned coat and dress by Thom Browne that were inspired by a menswear necktie. Published January 21, 2013

  • President Obama delivers his second inaugural address at the ceremonial swearing-in at the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Text of President Obama's second inaugural address

    President Obama delivered his second inaugural address on the West Front of the Capitol in Washington on Inauguration Day, Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. Published January 21, 2013

  • President Obama's armored limousine is polished up with a new license plate after his arrival at the U.S. Capitol for his inauguration Monday. (Associated Press)

    Small change in license plate on limo speaks volumes to D.C.

    By Tom Howell Jr. - The Washington Times

    President Obama's second inauguration was marked by pomp and grandeur, lofty rhetoric and large reviewing stands for VIPs, but many in the nation's capital were fixated on three words about 1 inch tall. Published January 21, 2013

  • "We pray that this day will be the beginning of a new day in America. It will be a day when people draw inspiration from the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. It will be a day when people realize and recognize that if it were not for Dr. King and those who fought the fight fought in that movement, we would not be celebrating this presidency," said Bernice King, the youngest daughter of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. (Associated Press)

    King, Obama events merge

    By Kate Brumback - Associated Press

    Commemorative events for the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. slid seamlessly into celebrations of a second swearing-in Monday for the nation's first black president, with many Americans moved by the reminder of how far the country has come since the 1960s. Published January 21, 2013

  • Before a crowd stretching down the Mall, President Obama takes the oath of office and gives a relatively brief inaugural address. (Andrew S. Geraci/The Washington Times)

    Mapping a picture of Earth's minute particles from the sky

    By Jim McElhatton - The Washington Times

    In a little conference room in an airplane hangar in Northern Virginia, about a half a dozen government scientists spent much of this past weekend analyzing the air around and above the nation's capital as hundreds of thousands of people arrived to celebrate President Obama's inauguration. Published January 21, 2013

  • House Speaker John A. Boehner was among the dignitaries on the platform for President Obama's address. On Inauguration Day, Republicans voiced optimism. (Associated Press)

    Bipartisanship makes a brief Hill appearance

    By Sean Lengell - The Washington Times

    A rare and likely fleeting show of bipartisanship enveloped Capitol Hill on Monday as members of both parties congratulated President Obama on his second inauguration, though some Republicans tempered their praise with concerns about the tasks ahead. Published January 21, 2013

  • President Obama dances with first lady Michelle Obama during the Inaugural Ball at the Washignton Convention Center during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington on Jan. 21, 2013. (Associated Press)

    Balls cap a busy and star-studded weekend

    By Susan Crabtree - The Washington Times

    After an Inauguration Day full of pomp, speeches and parades, the president and first lady joined thousands of supporters and special guests in black ties and an array of sparkling gowns for an elegant evening of dancing and star-studded entertainment at the Washington Convention Center. Published January 21, 2013

  • A group carries letters spelling "BELIEVE" as they take part in a march honoring Martin Luther King Jr., on Monday in San Antonio. (Associated Press)

    Inauguration too special to pass up

    By David Sherfinski - The Washington Times

    President Obama's historic inauguration ceremony Monday saw smaller crowds, a more subdued tone, and fewer A-list celebrities than in 2009 — a distinctly different feel from the packed subways, soaring rhetoric and nearly dozen inaugural balls four years ago. Published January 21, 2013

  • President Obama cited the beginning of the Constitution's preamble during an 18-minute speech Monday from the grand platform of the Capitol as he started his second term in office with a blueprint for national unity. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington times)

    Obama uses the Constitution as basis for his aggressive plans

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    President Obama's appeal for unity in his inaugural address four years ago gave way Monday to a more pointedly aggressive vision of liberalism and social justice, coming from a chief executive who survived his first term's legislative battles and is determined to make his second term consequential. Published January 21, 2013

  • Inside the Beltway: Mustering through inauguration depression

    By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times

    Got inauguration depression? It'll only last another 24 hours or so. In the meantime, here's advice on passing the time from Al Cardenas, chairman of the American Conservative Union. Published January 21, 2013

  • President Barack Obama is officially sworn-in by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Blue Room of the White House during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Sunday Jan. 10, 2013. Next to Obama are first lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson Family Bible, and daughters Malia and Sasha. (AP Photo/Larry Downing, Pool)

    Political cooperation? Little hope for change as Obama starts second term

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Americans enter President Obama's second term more upbeat about the direction of the country than they were four years ago, when the recession was at its depths, but voters are less sure that government can be of any use to them. Published January 21, 2013

  • The 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)

    Mall swells with inauguration crowd

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Hundreds of thousands of well-wishers for President Obama were streaming onto the National Mall in front of the Capitol early Monday morning in anticipation of the ceremonial inauguration. Published January 21, 2013

  • Kelly Clarkson (Associated Press)

    Inauguration ‘coolest thing’ on Clarkson’s tour schedule

    By Mesfin Fekadu - Associated Press

    Kelly Clarkson is a multiple nominee at next month's Grammy Awards, but what she's really excited about is another event where she'll be joined by Beyonce, Katy Perry, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Mana, Usher and Brad Paisley. Oh, and the president. Published January 20, 2013

  • ** FILE ** In this Tuesday, June 12, 2012, file photo, the Verizon logo is seen at Verizon store in Mountain View, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

    Cellphone carriers upgrade before inauguration

    By Tim Devaney - The Washington Times

    "Can you hear me now?" For the thousands of smartphone customers descending to the Mall for Monday's presidential inauguration, the answer might be no. Published January 20, 2013

  • SIMMONS: Notes of history that played out for inaugurals past and present

    By Deborah Simmons - The Washington Times

    Before the clock strikes noon Monday and Barack Hussein Obama takes to the podium at the U.S. Capitol and again recites the presidential oath of office, moments of reflection on symbolism and substance are in order. Published January 20, 2013

  • Vice President Joseph R. Biden takes the oath of office, administered by Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor at the residence of the vice president at the U.S. Naval Observatory as Jill Biden looks on, on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/New York Times, Josh Haner, Pool)

    Biden officially sworn in to second term

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Vice President Joseph R. Biden was officially sworn in to a second term of office Sunday morning at a small ceremony at the Naval Observatory, hours ahead of President Obama's expected inauguration in a similar ceremony at the White House. Published January 20, 2013

  • President Obama is officially sworn in by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. in the Blue Room of the White House during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

    Obama faces a daunting 4 years as he takes the reins for second term

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    Barack Hussein Obama took the presidential oath at 11:55 Sunday morning in a small ceremony at the White House, gripping the reins of office for another four-year term and a chance to build on his already historic legacy — though unlike the beginning of his first term, he now faces a divided Congress capable of thwarting him. Published January 20, 2013

  • President Obama (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

    Second time no charm for presidents, history shows

    By Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

    As President Obama embarks on another four years in office, he is mindful that history is littered with the wreckage of presidents' second terms. Published January 20, 2013

  • Four years after Obama's signature promise, Gitmo is still open

    By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

    It was one of Barack Obama's marquee campaign promises in 2008: Close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which would erase a terrorist recruiting tool and a black spot on America's human rights record. Published January 20, 2013

  • A flier titled "The Inauguration is Coming ... What does this mean for you?" tells the homeless that they "may be asked to move locations on or around Inauguration Day as they get ready and secure the premises."

    Homeless people in park along inaugural parade route forced to move

    By Jim McElhatton - The Washington Times

    A dozen or so people, many homeless, regularly camp out in and around a small D.C. park between the Canadian Embassy and the federal courthouse a short walk from where President Obama takes the oath of office Monday. Published January 20, 2013

  • ** FILE ** A man waves a flag from atop part of the World War II Memorial after the swearing in of President Barack Obama on inauguration day on the National Mall in Washington D.C., Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2009. (Allison Shelley / The Washington Times)

    Inauguration weekend kicks off with volunteering, service projects

    By David Eldridge - The Washington Times

    Inauguration weekend in Washington kicked off Saturday with a day of volunteering, as President Obama and the first lady led a who's who of celebrities and political leaders in National Day of Service projects. Published January 19, 2013

  • President Obama and First Lady Michelle, dance during the Youth Inaugural Ball at the Washington Hilton in Washington, D.C.
(Katie Falkenberg / The Washington Times)

    In reversal, unions, corporations help pay for Obama's second inaugural

    By Susan Crabtree - The Washington Times

    Now this is change you can believe in: After eschewing big-money donations for first inauguration four years ago, President Obama was asking for donations up to $1 million to help him throw the two big inaugural balls. Published January 19, 2013

  • Volunteer spirit: For Day of Service, the first family joins thousands of others

    By Meredith Somers - The Washington Times

    Thousands of D.C.-area residents grabbed shovels, paint brushes and shipping boxes as part of the National Day of Service on Saturday to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. in advance of Monday's national holiday for King and inaugural celebration. Published January 19, 2013

  • ** FILE ** President John F. Kennedy delivers his inaugural address after taking the oath of office at the Capitol in Washington on Jan. 20, 1961. (Associated Press)

    The List: Top 10 facts about Inauguration Day

    By The Washington Times

    Here's a selection of historical tidbits tied to celebrating the beginning of a new term of a president of the United States. Published January 18, 2013

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  • President Barack Obama is officially sworn-in by Chief Justice John Roberts in the Blue Room of the White House during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

    MILLER: If Obama hadn't been sworn in

    By Emily Miller - The Washington Times

    In the 1946 film, "It's a Wonderful Life," an angel appears to the suicidal George Bailey to show him what the world would look like had he never been born. Published January 21, 2013

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