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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.

President Obama takes the oath of office from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. at the ceremonial swearing-in on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol during the 57th Presidential Inauguration in Washington on Monday, Jan. 21, 2013. (AP Photo/Scott Andrews, Pool)

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President Obama's inaugural address was well received by the hundreds of thousands of people who trekked downtown to watch the ceremony and began making for the exits as soon as the speech concluded. Published January 21 2013

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The 57th presidential inaugural parade rolls down Pennsylvania Avenue. The first couple delight many of the thousands in attendance by emerging from their car to walk the route for portions of the parade. Metro officials revealed that as of 4 p.m., the D.C. transit system had carried 538,000 riders — two-thirds of the ridership in the same period on the day of Mr. Obama's 2009 inauguration. (Associated Press)

TWT chronicles Obama's big day

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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

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

- 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.

"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

- 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.

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

- 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.

** FILE ** 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

- 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.

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

- 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.

Katy Perry (Associated Press)

Inauguration ‘coolest thing’ on Clarkson’s tour schedule

- 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.

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

- 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.

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